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The Mumsnet Manifesto (Mumifesto even?)

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JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 01-Apr-10 01:03:33

Hi all,
Given that we've been somewhat thrust into the spotlight this election, we thought we'd put together a list of Mumsnet's key policy recommendations - a Mumsnet Manifesto, if you will - with the hope that some or all might make it into the big three manifestos, due to be launched in a week or two. Do let us know what you think and whether there's anything crucial we've missed?


RobynLou Thu 01-Apr-10 01:06:07

we may even put some Mumsnetters forward under an MNP banner


I love the 1st April


coldtits Thu 01-Apr-10 01:15:40

Removal of church control from state funded schools.

Alouiseg Thu 01-Apr-10 07:12:59

Has your potential chancellor worked out how the country can afford all that?

April Fool ;-)

ProfYaffle Thu 01-Apr-10 07:29:28

Lol @ Fruit Shoots and vending machines.

morningpaper Thu 01-Apr-10 07:49:47

tax relief on tampons and biscuits?

StewieGriffinsMom Thu 01-Apr-10 08:17:02

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morningpaper Thu 01-Apr-10 08:27:24

PCSOs in school halls at lunchtime to ensure that Healthy Schools guidelines are being met

I don't know what we would call them though

Slimcea Thu 01-Apr-10 08:28:19

god am finding it hard to care abotu election.

CMOTdibbler Thu 01-Apr-10 08:34:47


Don't forget PCSOs in supermarkets to enforce no eating before you pay for grapes

morningpaper Thu 01-Apr-10 08:43:52

Could we perhaps argue for a database of all Health Visitors, so we can score them according to (a) controlled crying advise (b) crap breastfeeding advice and (c) style & beauty

AvadaKedavra Thu 01-Apr-10 08:51:28

Tax free gin

changeychangey Thu 01-Apr-10 09:27:56

A huge amount more money from the UK going to the developing world, to pay for maternity services, childcare, education, healthcare for everyone but especially children.

I'd pay more tax for that!

Spidermama Thu 01-Apr-10 10:01:57

A tax on Greggs sausage rolls which will raise money for new equipment in playgrounds.

MummyAnnabella Thu 01-Apr-10 10:19:12

goodness is it just me but i thought that was serious until i got to the transport section. that and the fruit shoots gave the game away!

i would seriously campaign for the family section ones!!

mrsbaldwin Thu 01-Apr-10 10:21:21

More ladies public loos, with attendants and quilted (recycled) loo roll, to be funded from a special new tax on IT contractors

sandripples Thu 01-Apr-10 10:25:32

Several good ideas here, which I support, but some are unworkable eg the right to demand flexible working hours and the right to a guaranteed state school place at school of choice.

Both these are ideal but fail to take any account of the context

-first of the employer - their business and service to be provided- their need to meet personal needs of of elderly or disablbed for example which do not fit neatly into flexible hours to suit parents. As an example elderly people often need care in the evening when parents often wish to be child-caring. It is not possible to be able to meet every demand for FMW.

And schools are not infintiely expandable - they have restrictions for example, on size of building which quite simply means a place cannot be guaranteed. This is a bit simplistic as a policy!

wannaBe Thu 01-Apr-10 10:39:22

pmsl at those posters responding to this seriously.

mrsbaldwin Thu 01-Apr-10 10:40:25

Also, amendment to the Building Regulations to require a minimum of twice as many women's loos as men's loos in any new public building.

Hassled Thu 01-Apr-10 10:49:03

All constituency candidates to take a Reasonability Test before being selected. If they are unreasonable on any issue then they're out.

sockmonkey Thu 01-Apr-10 11:00:07

Loving the fruit shoot one.

Free sanitary items and chocolate to be delivered once a month...just the chocolate for those who are pg.
Maybe a chocolate in pregnancy grant? Or one of those mobility scooters for the last couple of months.

bibbitybobbityhat Thu 01-Apr-10 11:00:37

Free laptops provided for parents according to the number of rooms in the family home, thus allowing seamless mumsnetting educational interaction with the dc no matter what other chores you really should be getting on with.

We'll have 7 please.

PuppyMonkey Thu 01-Apr-10 11:04:07

Don't forget to put in something like child-free weddings to be banned. wink

DuelingFanjo Thu 01-Apr-10 11:06:06

is it an April fool?

Because I think this is bizzare "Parking attendants to be issued guidelines giving greater flexibility over the issuing of parking tickets when the parent of an infant is involved"

Why should parents be allowed to park in a way that is not extended to other people?

ScreaminEagle Thu 01-Apr-10 11:07:40

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