The Lib Dems would give parents up to 19 months off, with the father able to take over care after six months if the mother wished to return to work, allowing men to be with their child beyond what Mr Clegg calls the "cooing and wiping phase."
Fathers already have the entitlement to take just as much time off work when they have children as they desire. What they don\’t have at present is the right to force their (ex-) employer to keep their job open for them. Nor do they have the right to get paid while they take care of said children.
So what you are in fact arguing for is that someone else has to pay for said men to take care of their own children. Which leads to two questions:
1) Who should pay?
2) Why should they pay?