We are heading full throttle into party conference season. I was wondering what I would like to say if I was a party, the Cisco Party say, or the Rum Party perhaps. The Pirate Party? Although that implies some sort of crime….perhaps The Robin Hood Party- I could certainly get on board with the whole take from the rich to help the poor business, but I would look shit in green tights. Anyway, the brand isn’t so important, the things are more important. Now I clearly have no financial brain, and barely make my own limited budgets stretch, let alone a whole countries one, but I would like to see some of these things of discussed…
Childcare. This topic seems to be on the table a lot with the big parties, and I whole heartedly agree it is a big issue. Childcare costs in my area are higher than the amount you would earn from minimum wage jobs, I am aware that under the current system you can reclaim some of those costs, but even so they eat a large chunk of income for many. The problem is that our children deserve high quality childcare, and you can’t expect that for dust and beans, so I am not sure how you make the books balance for everyone without additional government support. What I do know is that as a stay at home parent I do sometimes get upset at being ignored in their discussions, the implication being that I have no childcare costs. Of course I do, my childcare is at the cost of my income, our choice to do it this way I know, but if a party suggests tax breaks for childcare then I think we should be entitled to them to rather than punished for choosing to do the childcare ourselves.
Educational flexibility. My eldest and youngest are both August birthdays. Starting school at just past 4 can be hard for some children, and there are many studies that suggest that being the youngest in the year is something many children never catch up from. Legally you do not have to send your child to full time school until they are 5 (in fact legally you do not have to send them at all, you are only obligated to ensure they are receiving an education at that point, doing it at home is a valid option.). However if I was to delay my youngests entry by a year he would be unable to join as a reception pupil, he would have to join year 1 and miss out on that introductory year all together. I do find a fixed nominally chosen date that takes in an entire year is a bit rigid. Could there be staggered starts, or more flexible age ranges? I know some newly 4 year olds cope very well, but others find it exhausting and hard to deal with, and others struggle because some of their skills are behind those who may be a year older than them in their classes, and this can lead to ongoing feelings of inadequacy. Again, like the childcare issues above, I do not know what the answer is! My party is crap isn’t it. Might rename it The Vague Party, or the What Do You Think Party?
Banks and all them rich bastards who are thriving off the back of everyone else’s struggles can feck right off under my party manifesto. Now called The Sharing Party, we insist on fairness and sharing the sweets with the whole group….
Housing. Buy to Let where the government pays peoples mortgages via tenants and the housing benefit system will be outlawed. Housing prices will be kept at current levels until wages have caught up. Housing makes me GGGGGRRRRRRRRRR. It is overpriced for so many, and a far bigger percentage of wages are going on keeping a roof over our heads than in the past, plus the welfare bill is inflated by the inflated rents due to the inflated house prices. More inflating than a balloon factory….
No freaking fracking. No. Don’t mess with Planet Earth, she won’t like it, and will probably give you earthquakey type grief or something more scientific sounding. Why aren’t we harnessing wind power, tide power, and solar power more efficiently?! Or hook up all them politicians on bikes to the national grid or something. There has to be a better option than fracking.
The NHS shall be shrouded in a big protective hug.
Biscuits will be free. What would you like to hear the big parties say? How can they help normal people more? How can they help you more?