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 AvatarDav 7th Dec - 10:24am
    The Government knew that the referendum was advisory but chose not to share that with the electorate More than that: the government specifically promised, first...
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    @ Alex Macfie, I regret that the remain side did not get a majority, but the issue that now dominates is not focussed on the...
  • User AvatarMike S 7th Dec - 10:11am
    @Little Jackie Paper Everyone who still believes in a "Hard Remain" and that many leave voters had no idea what they were voting for, should...
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    @Andrew McCaig Hi, I disagree with you for 2 reasons. 1. Polling has shown consist dropping of favorable ratings for the EU year on year...
  • User AvatarLiberal Neil 7th Dec - 9:55am
    You made me cry again.
  • User AvatarIan Sanderson (RM3) 7th Dec - 9:46am
    Richard, there is high probability that it is available on BBC iPlayer for you to hear.