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Laura Perrins: Nick Clegg’s special talent. Spending other people’s money – lots of it


Who will stop the Liberal Democrats from spending all the money? Every announcement involves a promise to provide the nation with something for ‘free’ that will, in fact, cost a number that contains many, many zeros.

Their profligacy is matched only by their insatiable thirst for power. The Liberal Democrats do not think much of parents – they believe the State can do a better job. They are, in short, power hungry megalomaniacs who must be stopped.

Let’s examine a few of their recent announcements.

Relationship education

Let’s start with the proposal that sees the State taking over the role of parenting from parents. Under Lib Dem plans, which will be included in the party’s manifesto for next year’s general election, schools would be required to offer lessons on sex and relationships in Key Stage 2 – which includes children aged seven to 11. These “age-appropriate” lessons would be part of a “curriculum for life” and will be mandatory.

There are a number of problems with this scheme. First no one knows what is age appropriate: what may be appropriate for one seven-year-old, may not be for another. Secondly, there are serious issues to be resolved around exactly how much sex you should be teaching seven-year-olds. The functional can be covered in science lessons – if the Lib Dems can be bothered with having a core knowledge curriculum – but the tricky part is what values you teach.

These, my power hungry maniacs out there, are for parents to teach and not some 23-year-old civil servant in Whitehall to dictate. The Lib Dems believe this should be left to the ‘sexperts.’ In my opinion there are no sexperts. There are parents and teachers and then those with a very liberal agenda.

But what irks more is the ‘relationship education’. It sounds so fuzzy, and lovely and huggy does it not? The State is going to teach the seven-year-olds about relationships, including abusive ones.

Children learn about relationships from their family from the day they are born. They learn who mum is and siblings and father. They learn about interdependence and respect in relationships,  from what they see around them.

Now, if because of the rubbish social policies the Liberals have been promoting for the last 30 years, much of this has been destroyed for some families. Do not think, you arrogant manifesto makers, it can be solved with the swipe of a pen and few lessons at the age of seven from Ms Smith. It cannot.

School meals

So much ink has been spilt over this policy I will not relay it here, safe to say that for £1billion (a year?) the State, after teaching Jessica about relationships, is going to feed her as well.

Jessica would have learned quite a lot about relationships just witnessing the simple task of her mother preparing meals shared at home by all the family, but we do not do that now as it is ‘so old-fashioned’ remember. Mothers, donning pinnies, preparing meals for their families – what a sepia fantasy world do you live in? Especially as the State will do it for you now, for ‘free’. No hang on, not for free, for £1 billion.

Parental leave

The LibDems want taxpayers and/or small firms to pay fathers to be at home doing who knows what as Mum will be there anyway caring for their new-born child.

In fact really, it is the newborn child that will pay for this privilege, as the mountains of national debt build up due to the never-ending ‘promises’ by the Lib Dems to give the people ‘free stuff’. Only in the decadent indebted West would paying grown men to be at home be considered a good idea.


As I have said before the Sate will now pay parents to pay other people to care for their children. The initial cost of the childcare subsidy is £1 billion. That is on top of the already vastly subsidised childcare industry. If you care for your kids yourself though, you just a bigger tax bill.

The Lib Dems have now proposed to extend the ‘free’ (there is that word again) provision of childcare from poor parents to rich parents. This will cost £800 million.

Eventually though, eventually, in their Brave New World the Lib Dems want all the toddlers in State-funded childcare from the age of one until they go to school. This will cost £2 billion a year. Let’s see how many zeros that is: £2,000,000,000.

No matter though, we can afford it. We are only mortgaging our own children’s future. Here in the profligate West we can pay men to stay at home instead of going to work, and we can pay parents to pay other people to provide their own children with pretty average care. Sure the national debt is only £1 trillion plus, at nearly 80 per cent of GDP. A trillion by the way, is £1,000,000,000,000. Just so you know.

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