There might just be someone with a glimmer of sense in this debate. Finally:
Proposals to provide free period products in all public buildings have been rejected by a Holyrood committee because nobody knows how much it will cost.
The answer would be, of course, lots and lots and lots. Because demand for what is free is a great deal less constrained than the demand for things which people must pay for out of pocket.
This then giving us our solution to this claimed problem of period poverty. Not that we around here believe in the existence of a problem in the first place. A month’s supply of suitable – not necessarily wholly desired but good enough – products costs, on average, £1. For that is the price of a box of discount tampons. We refuse to believe that this is a sum beyond the pocketbooks – perhaps purses – of the women of the nation.
But OK, let us say that it exists. What should our response be then? What would a perfect world look like?
We would have vast barns across the country. Stocked full to the brim with all of the variants. With and without wings, pads and insertables and liners and biggies and small and – well, every variation that industry and caprice have invented.
We would also insist that all women – yea including those who may or may not need such products – be granted free access to those barns. Where they could load up with whatever variation took their fancy. We’d also issue some sort of chitty so that it would indeed be women who desired such gaining access to them. The taxpayer doesn’t want nor need to pay for teenage boys – and there are always teenage boys – to pick up a few boxes to litter with.
That is, we ensure availability and also that all women have the resources necessary to gain full access.
So, our barns are called shops and we have an excess of those, this is why 20% of all shops in the country are empty. The chitties are called money. And if the women of the country don’t have enough of that why not simply give each and every one of them £1 a month to go and spend in our extant barns?
Presumably we don’t do that because it would entirely solve the problem which isn’t the point at all. For solving things isn’t the point of politics, constant alarums is.