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 AvatarEddie Sammon 30th Aug - 12:49pm
    Tim needs to write an article explaining what he believes in, because it seems to have changed a bit since the leadership election. Does this...
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    I had the responsibility, in the roles of area agent and later, press & information officer, of organising visits and tours by senior party figures...
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    This discussion doesn't seem to be taking a very nuanced view of the situation. Before it appeared that Corbyn was going to win the party...
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    Stuart " the above quote sounds suspiciously like “mansplaining"" I would just refer to my comment on the previous post: "Regardless of the merits of...
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    If one looks at the actual words ascribed in the FT article to the un-named MP, they are words that John Pugh, Mark Williams or...
  • User AvatarPeter Bancroft 30th Aug - 12:21pm
    Good article. If we're going to be really pedantic on language though, we're talking about asylum seekers. People only become refugees once their application has...