The Wilted Rose

Charting Labour meltdown 2007-2010

Timms should read Steinbeck: Labour’s slavery plans are immoral target-chasing

I had a job interview earlier and emphasised the role of ethical business strategy in firm performance, and because it’s the right thing to do. Quoted in my presentation ‘children dying of pellagra’, rather than unprofitable oranges being sold, from Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath (one of my interviewers, the Dean of the Business School,’s favourite book, fortunately). Labour should read the novel.

Government minister Stephen Timms claims he is a Christian. But forcing low-income parents both into work to meet child poverty targets is immoral and shows that unethical Labour has long lost its moral compass.

People need to look after their kids, but also would like to work. But our lack of decent childcare makes that difficult. We’re not Nordic, after all, and this country sadly isn’t Finland.

Chasing tabloid headlines and child poverty targets is disgusting. Kids will suffer but does Labour care? Alas not. Vote them out.

Read Steinbeck, Timms.


11 September, 2009 - Posted by | politics


  1. As a parent I’m torn between wanting to work and wanting to take care of my children. It is a natural desire to want to be the caretaker of your own children, but financially it would be difficult. In contrast, if I wanted a career, this would also be financially difficult. The cost of childcare in the south of england is such that the cost outweighs any earnings, and this is by quite a considerable amount, not for a run of the mill admin job, but a fully fledged qualified software development position! My happy medium has been found by working part time on temporary contracts and looking to extended family to take care of my children. Not ideal, but in the current climate, our only choice.

    Comment by thegeekwithin | 14 September, 2009 | Reply

    • This is the dilemma many families face. I haven’t yet been fortunate enough to become a dad, but if I were I know it would be incredibly difficult, even as a Senior Lecturer and as part of a dual-wage-earning family. It’s such a juggling act, and certain choices have to be made about what types of work are best: e.g. part time, self employment etc.

      Having just spent the summer in Finland, where things are very different – and most mums work, many dads help with childcare, in a more equal society, – I can only hope. But it would take a societal change in the UK beyond the mental capacity of most politicians, I suspect…

      Comment by Armchair Sceptic | 17 September, 2009 | Reply

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