From our ever popular series “Questions In The Observer We Can Answer“:
Why is it so hard to allow mothers the kind of labour they want?
Consumer desire is only met when producers have to take account of consumer desire in order to get their paycheques. Thus if we have a system where provision is planned based upon averages and population profiles, where everyone gets paid whatever the poor punter thinks about the goods or services being provided, very few will in fact gain what they really want.
The problem is inherent in the structure of the system. A government food service would not provide the 10,000 stock units that the average full service British supermarket offers. The government housing service known as the local council never did provide that delightful variability that is the marvel of our domestic architecture. A government health service will not provide consumer choice in the manner of giving birth. This is simply inherent in the structure of the system, choice isn’t what it is meant to deliver nor what it can.
Why is this so difficult for the posh birds who write for The Observer to understand?