Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Early years childcare in East Germany

March 17, 2011

The implication of this article is that taxpayers should finance non-parental childcare so that mothers (or indeed fathers) do not have the onerous obligation of looking after their own children.

Even simpler would be to permanently put children into state-run orphanages. That would save parents the hassle of having to even put children to bed and look after them at weekends and holidays when schools are closed.

Why can’t governments just let alone and allow people to make their own choices? Some parents want to look after their own children, others don’t. Why should the tax and benefits system favour one group over another?

Abolishing child poverty could mean more non-parental child care

February 5, 2011

Reaching ‘across-the-aisle’, the coalition government asked Frank Field – a Labour MP and an FTM AGM speaker – to look at tackling child poverty. Click here for more on his final report.

This – and other coalition thinking on Early Years – seem to recommend making children more ‘school ready’. This often mean smore formal ‘education’, meaning more formal care arrangements for the first three years of a child’s life.

This ignores causes of child poverty such as family breakdown; and few jobs that enable a single wage-earner to support children and the other parent as full-time care-giver.

Labour’s ‘nappy curriculum’ to be reviewed

July 7, 2010

Click here for an article from The Independent.

Perhaps this sort of state interference will decrease as its cost – and dubious benefits – becomes clearer. Such a curriculum could be voluntary, with parents choosing what is best for their own children.

The folly of means-tested (child) benefit

May 14, 2010

Reports are that child benefits ‘for the rich’ are firmly in the sights on the new British coalition government as it seeks to tackle the huge deficit in public finances. And what could be wrong with not giving money to people who do not need it? (more…)


May 11, 2010

Here’s a piece written my a long-time FTM member (and now a grandmother) “expressing anger at some of the policies promoted by my own sex on our behalf” (more…)

The future for QUANGOs

May 11, 2010

Bearing in mind the probable axing of the London Childcare team, (see here) Anna Line’s FTM’s chair, writes:

I encountered members of this Childcare Team some years ago when I was invited to take part in a discussion on the Politics Show one Sunday lunchtime in that oddly shaped London Assembly building by the Thames. The discussion centred around the question of providing childcare for mothers of very young children who might just want to work short hours in, say, schools at lunchtime, and they would of course need to have their children looked after. (more…)

Is £150 a year for married couples a good idea?

April 29, 2010

Anna Lines, FTM chair

Most people – including political commentators and non Tory voters – seem to think the married couple allowance is a bad idea. 

For this, I blame the Conservative Party itself, for not even David Cameron seems to have a full understanding of what this is actually about.  He talks about a tax allowance for married couples, because he wants to recognize in the tax system the importance of marriage. (more…)

What women want is an end to hectoring by feminists

March 15, 2010

This Times article  includes the following:

Harman’s thinking, like the feminist orthodoxy in the government, is based on the following assumptions, which have always seemed quite wrong to me.

First, that all women want to work (for money, outside the home). Second, that all women, including mothers, ought to work. Third, that all women want to do and are equally suited to doing the same work as men. Fourth, that if the number of women working in an organisation is less than 50% of the total, that is in itself evidence that women are being unjustly discriminated against. Fifth, that motherhood is a problem that makes it difficult for women to work. Sixth, that the problem of motherhood can easily be fixed by paid childcare, subsidised if necessary by the state. Seventh, that what all mothers want above all is “affordable childcare” to enable them to work: children don’t need much of their attention. And finally, that it is for the state to sort out all such family matters.

That seems a pretty fair summary.

Labour hasn’t given working mothers what they really need

March 12, 2010

Click here for this article about how “The Government’s child-care policies are formulated by women who are out of touch with reality”.

Ordinary mothers ‘deserting Labour over its career-woman policies’

March 11, 2010

Click here for this article from The Telegraph.