And it does not mean I do not understand any of these issues. Far from it: what worries me greatly is that the Right – which influences the Tories far more than most presume – do think the market is the solution to all problems.
Like it or not, it isn’t. And unless we’d had constraints imposed on it we would still have slavery, child labour, no paid holidays, unsafe working conditions, exploitation and discrimination and much more besides.
All we need to disprove this contention is to find a place that doesn\’t have constraints placed upon the market but which does indeed provide one or more of those. We would thus be able to say that the market uconstrained does indeed offer exactly what it is claimed that it cannot.
Easy: in the United States there is no legal requirement for a company or employer to offer paid holiday time. Yet all indeed do offer paid holiday time: an average of two weeks a year.
Thus paid holidays can be and are provided by an unconstrained market. It is not necessary to have legislation to enforce such provision.