The god, economy

On the radio this morning:

A discussion on the high cost of childcare in the UK that is seeing increasing numbers of working women having to leave work to look after their children themselves. To paraphrase,

“These women have been upskilled and are now being lost to the economy”

Lost to the all demanding god economy before which we all must bow. Nothing at all said about the benefit of them being with their children; only economic proposals for making it more affordable to be at work and so sustain, and boost, the ‘economy’.

Comments, as ever, welcome.



2 thoughts on “The god, economy

  1. Hi Patrick,

    I very much enjoy reading your blog but in this I disagree:

    I think there is a good point talking about the fact that increasing child care forces women (or maybe also some dads) to stay home with their kids. I wouldn’t argue with the overall economy as that’s not my area or interest or expertise anyway.

    However, I see it from a different angle. For a parent who wants to stay at home and decided that for him / her and the kids the overall benefits outweigh the overall problems associated with that, nothing changes if child care fees increase. Zero income from this parent but also zero fees. That’s good and everybody should be allowed to choose this if this is the decision a family made.

    However, there is a good amount of women and man who want to work despite having kids. That is not by default a worse choice. At least in some cases it might even be highly beneficial for both sides. The problem is that increasing child care fees make this less of an option and in some occasions impossible.

    It sounds rather cynical for these women (or men) if you tell them about the great benefits of staying at home with their kids. Most are very well aware of them but actually choose a different way. Making this choice impossible doesn’t help anybody. It is a problem maybe for the economy but even more for all these women, men and families. Isn’t that much more severe?

  2. Hi Steffi,

    Good to hear from you!

    I don’t actually disagree with what you say. The discussion was about working women so men weren’t in focus. What choices individual women make is of course their decision. I am a feminist in believing in equal opportunities and treatment for women – and because my daughters would do me in if I wasn’t :).

    What I was struck by was, that in the entire conversation, the assumption that we must shape our families and lives around the good of the economy was never even acknowledged let alone questioned.

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