The article is about the rising price of childcare. It carries the opinions on this of various members of the Establishment. My own opinion is about half way down, just above some autopilot rant from the relevant Shadow Minister:
Dr Sean Gabb, director of the Libertarian Alliance
Childcare is expensive because of state regulation.
Childminders must be trained and qualified and registered with Ofsted. They are inspected and must keep extensive records. How they look after children is closely prescribed.
Notoriously, the system does not prevent negligent or abusive childminders. What it does instead is to close the career to anyone who is not highly literate and able to understand and obey an ever-changing mass of of detailed regulations.
Dr Sean Gabb
- Author of 20 novels and books
- Director of the Libertarian Alliance
The result is to limit the number of childminders and to drive up prices. The obvious answer is not state subsidy or further regulation. It is to abolish all the existing regulations. As throughout history, let anyone who pleases set up as a childminder. Let parents use their own judgement and common sense in their choice of childminders. Doubtless, voluntary accreditation systems would evolve on the market.
The truth is, however, that the overwhelming majority of potential childminders are not murderers or paedophiles. The overwhelming majority of parents are not careless in choosing who should look after their children.
Expensive childcare is one more instance of a general problem to which the answer is simple: Set the people free to choose for themselves.