I must be a TINY bit cynical because the first thing I thought whenNick Clegg announced free school dinners for infant school children was: 'Oh, they're trying to win back the mums' vote...'
You can just see the coalition chumps sitting around scratching their heads and saying: 'Crikey, we've really annoyed The Mums, what with, er, all our policies that have been really bad for families – quick, what can we do?'
So what have they come up with? Free lunches for children in the first three years of school. This will begin in September next year, and will be worth about £437 per child to families.
That's a useful sum of money, right? So let's be fair and balanced about this. Let's look at why this policy might be a Good Thing.
1. £437 isn't to be sneezed at. Yes, they might have taken it away with one hand to give it back with the other, but still.
2. Apparently we can't be trusted to make our children healthy packed lunches. Recent reports suggest only 123FFEB00&videoControlDisplayColor=%23191919&shuffle=0&isAP=1">