My brain has kind of filed this kind of mum discussion next to tirades ending in ‘won’t someone think of the children?’ These are stored next to the dull annoyance I feel every time I see “That’s why mum’s go to Iceland”. Unfair? Yes. Obviously we should be thinking of both mums and children and families. However as a single, childless woman it often seems I count for nothing.
Let’s save that point for another time.
Instead let’s focus on the crazed short-sightedness of Gove and Cameron. Gove’s claims that the unions, “want mothers to give up a day's work or pay for expensive childcare” is beyond bizarre.
And Gove is fretting about mums (not parents, mums-suddenly it’s all about the women) childcare arrangements. For one day. ONE DAY.
More women than ever are striking today. This is a Women’s strike as much as anybody’s. As David Prentis, general secretary of Unison explains, "It is women who voted for this. We have a million female members, and it is their decision; they wanted to take this action."
If the private sector hadn’t screwed over pensions so much public sector pensions wouldn’t look so golden. I for one don’t want a 68 year old fire-fighter rescuing me from a fiery building. I don’t want a 68 year old teacher wondering what they came into the classroom for. I don’t want my nurse to be out frailing me should I reach old age.