People should not under-estimate the size of Labour’s u-turn on childcare funding. You almost have to admire the audacity of them for claiming they are delighted to be able to do it – this decision is one they made most grudgingly.
In almost every portfolio Labour has tried to dick over the private sector. Hospitals, tertiary education, prison management, childcare – you name it and Labour has tipped the scales towards public sector provision only. Labour supporters just a few days on this blog were defending Labour’s decision not to extend funding to private childcare services.
But the backlash got too much. I had picked up that a huge number of parents were pissed off that Labour put ideology over common sense even when it comes to three year olds, so finally they relented.