It's started. In Wandsworth.
The Tory council are charging children £2.50 each to use the playground in Battersea Park.
News was on the front page of The Mirror this morning and a woman in the aisle at the supermarket was enraged. "Why, why?" she ranted in her Eastern European accent.
"Government cuts they're probably saying," I replied. Oh yes, Government cuts they are saying, this borough with the lowest council tax in the capital and councillors who are "some of the highest paid in the country...higher than the PM's salary." (page 5)
Hampstead Heath has an adventure playground. You have to be eight or over to go into it, although younger children do use it. My son plays in there all the time. Lots of children do.
The heath also has another playground, with swings and sandpits and so on and my son occasionally plays in that too. Lots and lots of children do.
What message are the Wandsworth Tories setting out here? That playgrounds are only for the privileged? That obesity is not a problem in our society? If children can't afford to play in the parks they should play....on the streets?
I scanned all the right wing papers to see if they too had covered the story - out of interest - the Sun is the country's biggest selling newspaper....
I've gone to all the online newspapers (and phew, we've still got a cross party selection that is available free) and the only place I found the story was
Yes, you might have guessed, and thank goodness:
I don't know who you vote for, but would you vote for this?