Though the UK birth rate is on a rally from its 2001 low of 1.63, an ICM poll in the Guardian suggests that having babies come a poor third to earning money and having a good time. Survey pitched the option of having children against, by turns, making money and having a good time. I’m not a hundred per cent certain of the methodology, since having children may inimical to the former option, it is highly complementary to the latter. But then what do I know? I’m just a grumpy old forty something!