By putting money into the hands of parents, in effect, such help would help to drive the demand for childcare of all kinds, formal and informal.
Plus: The disaster zone is in the way that children with special educational needs are educated.
For me, the most concerning thing wasn’t being behind among the very young, but being behind among everyone under age 47.
Independent research found that pupils in schools offering a free, nutritious breakfast boosted their results by an average of two months’ progress over a year.
The new Chancellor should stick to the basics of cutting taxes, spending more on education and rebalancing growth outside of London.
What he detests is less liberalism than democracy, and the obstacle it poses to Russian foreign policy objectives.
We must tackle causes of poverty, not symptoms: educational failure, worklessness, family breakdown, debt, addiction, disability, exposure to crime, poor housing.
Lots of people want to know what the next Prime Minister will do for the country on everything other than Brexit.
Government should be passionate about self-reliance, but we must also recognise the transformative power of an enabling state.
There is a mismatch between Government announcements and Commons realities. It cannot attempt reforms without risking them being amended out of recognition.
If these reforms are introduced, the Government should think carefully about how changes to the process of divorce is matched with support for married couples.
This reform will mean that families renting privately can sleep easier at night, knowing that the housing market they rely on has become fairer as a result.
My decades of experience suggest that the knowledge, experience, and will to combat this crisis is out there. We need to tap it.
If we can’t think of anything that’s going to do real good, maybe we could act like true Conservatives for once – and choose to do nothing at all?
In his column, Walshe made some extraordinary claims about our proposals and our country. The reality is very different.