David Quinn: Nothing connects a father to his children better than marriage, but our body politic refuses to recognise this basic fact of life
A few years back, pop singer Alesha Dixon presented a documentary on BBC3 called 'Who's Your Daddy?' Ms Dixon, raised by a single mother, spoke of the void in her life caused by not knowing her father.
When you don't know your father, "it's like your spirit can't rest till you get certain questions answered in your life", she said.
She spoke to others who had had the same experience. In some cases it was not simply that they weren't raised by their father, they had never met him and couldn't name him. They literally didn't know who he was. Hence the title of the programme, 'Who's Your Daddy?'