I am checked in to room 282 this week, to most of you that means nothing but to a few it rings a bell. Room 282 you see is the room at the furthest end of the hot water circuit, yes I have checked all of the other rooms, and as such whilst the water is hot there is no risk of scalding. Non scalding water may sound sensible and even mandatory in the Health and Safety madness of the modern world but it does prevent a really good hot bath because the water cools too quickly. This being a hotel there is a solution, if you set the tap to 3/4 flow at full temperature and open the plug the bath continually refreshes and maintains temperature, hey presto the horizontal shower is born.
I have to take issue with a news item today, even though I know that it only exists to stir debate, the government are apparently looking to provide £1200 of free childcare to all working parents that earn below £300K, can anyone find a reason for this? Lets be clear, this will be funded by the few revenue streams in this sinking economy and the greatest of those is fuel tax, so it will cost the average person more to go to work in order to fund a parent going to work. It seems to me, as a resident of a country drowning in welfare bills that it can’t hope to fund, that we have missed one very simple point that would help us to resolve so many of our problems ‘having children is an individual’s choice’. This country has a high level of unemployment, we need more jobs not more job seekers so taking tax revenue and using it to fund childcare and thereby increase the numbers seeking work is nonsense. I know that childcare of itself is an employment but it’s generally a part-time employment subsidised by tax credits, let’s get the real workforce working before we look at the social benefits of bringing others into employment. I read some comments today from people who believe that free childcare should be a universal right available to all, the next logical step from there is compensating those that don’t have children for their ‘loss’ of benefit and this is all utter insanity. You chose to have children and you are responsible for them it is not my job as a taxpayer to feed your children, cloth them or care for them while you top up your income anymore than I expect you to subsidise the cost of my fuel if I chose to work further away from home, the operative word is choice.
In this world of austerity measures and us ‘all being in it together’ I would like to suggest that where you expect the taxpayer to fund you choice to have children you should be obliged to allow said taxpayer to sleep with your partner then in some small way the taxpayer can share the screwing he gets from HMRC!
This rant is sponsored by the Independent, a UK paper for lefties, greens, idiots and idealists and one that I should never read!