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This summer my son turns 4, and I’m coming to the end of a financially crippling time in my life. Like many working mums in the UK, I’ve been sweating blood to pay my child’s nursery fees, calculated at an average of £1,000 per month. Even if you’re lucky enough to receive childcare vouchers from your employer, like me, or you qualify for working tax credit (I don’t), the cost of a part-time place for a child under two has increased by 32.8 per cent over the last Parliament, while wages stayed the same.

“It’s just something you’ve got to accept,” people tell you again and again, as if social injustice is a passing bout of bad weather. We live in a world where success is measured by how much you can endure in silence. There’s a fundamental difference between diplomacy and obedience. And it’s somehow a paradox that obedience…

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