Author Archives: Richard Shaw

Opinion: A liberal approach to affordable childcare

Childcare CentreChildcare in the UK is expensive.

In 2011 the OECD reported the UK having the second highest costs of childcare for any OECD country in terms of average family incomes. According to the Daycare Trust, full-time nursery care costs parents an £11,000 per year on average and around £4,000 for care for two school-age children around the start and end of the school day.

Many parents have to choose between leaving work to care for their kids, sacrificing much needed income or continuing in work and struggling with the costs of childcare. If they’re lucky their household earnings are enough that either option doesn’t cause any considerable hardship.

But it’s not the cost of childcare that’s the problem – it’s the way we pay for it.

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Opinion: Renationalising the railways is not the solution – devolution is

David Thorpe recently wrote a Liberal Democrat Voice piece advocating the (piecemeal) renationalisation of the railways and the latest LDV survey found more than 40% of members want the railways fully nationalised. I wish to provide some historical context and offer an alternative solution.

Nationalisation in1948 was the culmination of a process started by the First World War. During the war, the railways were taken over by the government, run-down and eventually consolidated

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  • User AvatarCallum Leslie 25th Oct - 8:18pm
    People without a practical understanding of Scottish politics may see this as good - however the SNP surge taking seats off Labour may mean we...
  • User Avatarlloyd 25th Oct - 8:07pm
    When the answer to the question is Gordon Brown as one Labour MSP who appeared on the news thought you have to worry how much...
  • User AvatarRichard 25th Oct - 8:07pm
    Why is Alastair Darling's name never mentioned as possible leader of the Scottish Labour Party. Is he too sane?
  • User Avatarpaul barker 25th Oct - 7:48pm
    An interesting article but I dont think British Politics has been moving to the right for the last 35 years; its actually much more complex...
  • User AvatarStephen Hesketh 25th Oct - 7:45pm
    As I commented at the time of the survey, I was extremely disappointed we were not offered a regional devolution question or option. Thinking about...
  • User AvatarJohn Grout 25th Oct - 7:44pm
    Christine, in this context BT stands for 'Better Together' not 'British Telecom'. :) Here's a link to the advert from the Better Together channel on...