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 AvatarRichard Underhill 1st Dec - 10:55am
    Merlene Emerson | Tue 1st December 2015 - 8:51 am Dual nationality is also an issue. The UK allows it. Therefore those taking up UK...
  • User AvatarDavid Pollard 1st Dec - 10:54am
    to Dave Orbison I would say read the Independent, Robert Fisk, James Cockburn, Jasmine Alibhi-Brown and Mark Steel.
  • User AvatarDavid Pollard 1st Dec - 10:51am
    Arguing about whether THREE British war planes should bomb Syria is Stupid. Listen to Corbyn. On this one he is right. Ask the questions:- Who...
  • User AvatarAndrew Hickey 1st Dec - 10:44am
    Joe, I think there's a simple consequentialist argument for inaction. As you say yourself, it is not definitely possible to say what the long-term consequences...
  • User AvatarThomas Shakespeare 1st Dec - 10:31am
    Hi David (again!) I would also add that members voted for coalition so if you think it was such a disaster (I don't) then surely...
  • User AvatarAndrew Hickey 1st Dec - 10:25am
    "Europeans and Commonwealth citizens being treated differently is of course historic" And then there are non-EU, non-Commonwealth immigrants, who don't get to vote at all....