No pre-school, no child benefit, Tory thinktank says in report on poverty 'Parents should be denied child benefit if they do not send their children to pre-school education from the age of three, according to an increasingly influential Conservative pressure group. The penalty should apply to a parent in the case of a child aged two if the toddler comes from a disadvantaged background, the new counter-poverty strategy suggests.' (TheGuardian.com, 18th October 2015.) You thought it was bad when Thatcher took your milk? Bright Blue, which bills its position as 'liberal conservatism', suggests that those parents who believe they can raise their toddlers better than chicken-shed child-minders should be put in a bind. Their 'report' has a sweetly altruistic title, 'Reducing poverty by promoting more diverse social networks for disadvantaged people from ethnic minority groups', but don't be fooled. Want to feed your children? Give them up and get yourself a zero-hour contract.