Monday, 22 September 2008

Brown's viscious ideology

One of the most apparent changes to London's residential cityscape over the past decade is the proliferation of private nurseries that have sprung up everywhere. A testament to private enterprise, they have strategically located themselves adjacent to stations and parks, and I share my daily six minute walk to the station with parents dropping their offspring off before jumping on the train.

The grandparents and extended family of infants in London are likely to be at the other end of the country these days, the pressure is on both parents to earn, and so commercial nurseries that charge at a level that leaves enough of the wage of an earning half of a partnership over to make it worthwhile have been highly successful. Working single mothers earning at a high enough level will also be using them. The nursery is preferred over the at-home childminder because it offers their offspring the chance of socialisation with other infants, the building of a basic understanding of the value of social capital in sharing the play-doh.

The commercial day nursery is the visible manifestation of the coping class. A solution that allows both parents to work, but which also benefits the development of their offspring. The kids will be socialising with other kids from similar family situations. These places work. They're fine. They don't cost the taxpayer anything, they help increase national wealth, they help produce well-formed, well-socialised children who will enter primary school with a head start. For all these reasons, Brown loathes them with a simmering socialist fury.

Brown's pledge to extend central State nursery provision to all two year-olds is not a creative proposal but a destructive one. The success of the commercial day nurseries undermines Labour's dearest tenets on state Education provision; a generation of parents used to paying for day nurseries will be eager to ask why they can't do the same for schools, a developed nursery sector may move to expand into running schools, and the whole premise that it's the State's job to impose an educational system of equal awfulness on the nation's kids will be exposed as a sham.

For these reasons, at a time when the Institute of Fiscal Studies is predicting a £65bn budget shortfall by 2010-2011, Brown is pledging a £2bn scheme that will be calculated to neutralise the success of the commercial day nurseries. He will sell it to the feckless and workless who always want the benefits of anything going without having to lift a hand in toil or pay a penny in costs. He will deliberately distort the market. He will corrupt something that works with the baleful and putrescent hand of the central State.

Just another reason to be rid of this malevolent cabal intent on destroying anything good that rises in our nation.


Newmania said...

Not sure about that R , Nurseries are hugely expensive and rich people are not the only ones that need two incomes .
The priblem with this is that you cvannot get Nursey care at such tiems as to allow you to get a job as a mother. That bieng thecase the state is adding little

I ll have to think about this

Newmania said...

Sorry about spelling BTW we have decided that there is no substitute for a mother anyway

BigDai said...

Far better to reduce the crippling level of bureaucracy that has seen small providers of nursary care decide it isn't worth it, thus reducing the number of places and driving up costs.

patently said...

We used Gordon's nursery funding when ours was 4. It was, frankly, so limited in its application and its rules as to be almost worthless. Almost as if the only intention was to generate headlines...

Now, the little ones are at a small private primary school. Its fees are within +/-£50 of the average state school budget per pupil. Results at 11 are way in excess of those achieved in the state sector. Go figure.

(Of course, the difference lies in the pupils, who are the children of people who care about their education, and the teachers, who actually have a professional pride in their work)

Anonymous said...

It's been happening for a while, actually.

In our village, a successful (small) private nursery, described, probably for political/regulatory reasons as a play-group, was put out of business by the appearance of a nursery class in the local state primary school.

Free is better, yes?

So enough jumped that the nursery could no longer cover its costs (costs that were inflated, no doubt, by meaningless bureacracy and pointless regulations), and it had to close.

A sad loss, but the desired increase in State influence was achieved.

Anonymous said...

My little boy is at a private nursery. It's not as marvellous as all that; not least of its problems is retaining the staff who are any good. Full time would cost £1200 per month, a painful amount. There are a couple of apparently pleasant local state nurseries. We will try jolly hard to get the lad in one of those once he turns 3 for what I think are obvious financial reasons.

Newmania said...

Yes checking on what my brother pays for two kids full time it costs them all his partners salary which is over £40k pa.

Not at all sure this is the answer

Raedwald said...

It must be a very exclusive place, Mr N - here in my part of London it's about £200 pw, £10k a year per child for 50 weeks.

Blue Eyes said...

N if this nursery costs an entire salary, couldn't your brother cut out the middleman?