Late Sunday, and just returned from London. Our eldest works in computers and he's just moved in - next door to Kew Gardens. Overlooks the Thames and a great view of the Varsity Boat Race as well. Very handy for us. All four of ours are into computers. We always made sure we 'invested' in the best home computer available (best we could afford that is) when they were kids. It turned out to be a very good investment.
And on reading the Western Mail website tonight, I learn from Matt Withers that Plaid Cymru intend to promise every child in Wales a free laptop if Ieuan wins the Election next May - at a cost of £10 million (and the rest). In passing, I wonder whether the sons of Welsh Labour Quango Kings who send their issue to Eton will qualify - just as I wonder whether Prince William would qualify for the gift of £5,000 which Plaid want to give to every new housebuyer. Anyway, I find this 'laptops for all' an interesting proposal. I know from personal experience that early familiarisation with Information Technology is hugely beneficial. But is it practical and is this the state stepping in to take over the role of parents. And would we see millions of outdated laptops in a years time. We felt that we needed to buy an updated version every year. I can see so many pitfalls in this. But I'm not as opposed to this as I was to free prescriptions for all, or free breakfasts for all, which were blatant vote-buying schemes - at least not without more detail.
But where is the money coming from? Over the next few weeks, we will be inundated with 'free offers' from political parties hoping to win favour with voters next May. The first question every time must be "where is the money coming from?" It is the blood of the small businessman that runs through my veins.