My Election Notes 2019: E-Day – 22

by Pseud O'Nym

I was getting ready for bed last night I thought, ‘I know what I need, some light reading.’, and as good fortune would have it, earlier in the day I downloaded the Liberal Democrat Little Book of Aspirational Mindfullness. It really is quite soothing. I’d say that it isn’t too taxing, but even though I’ve only skimmed it, they do talk about raising tax. Which, by the way, I think is a good thing, as no matter how efficient you want something to be, sooner or later someone, somewhere has to pay. Anyway, moving on.

Where was I? Oh light reading and children’s stories, that’s’ where.

Oh yes. Contained in their grim fairy tales is the claim that they will, if elected,

Offer free, high-quality childcare for every child aged two to four and children aged between nine and 24 months where their parents or guardians are in work: 35 hours a week, 48 weeks a year.

Hang on! How does offering people free childcare in any way help alleviate the climate emergency they so earnestly bang on  about. If anything, it makes it worse. Because a parent who would otherwise have stayed at home and looked after the child, will now be free to re-join to world of work. And with the wage they’ll earn, the extra income will mean extra expenditure. Oh good, more consumption. And that’s not the end of it. No. Because the jobs that’ll be created by this provision will create more workers, who in turn will earn more, and who in turn will spend it. Whoopie-fuckin-do!

Is it just me or is this sound in any way like a good idea?

Rather than offering rewards for successfully helping destroy the planet by breeding yet more consumers, they should offer incentives for people not to have children.

As I say, I’ve only skimmed it, but there’s a lot about ‘wellbeing’, which is best read later, possibly in the morning, ideally with a bowl of a high fibre cereal and natural yoghurt. Mmm. Yumee