"This Conservative-led government knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. The abolition of Bookstart will deprive children of an early opportunity to discover the joy of reading.Errrr what's wrong with going to a public library?
"It is one of the programmes introduced by Labour of which I am most proud. It was a gift from the government to the next generation.
Update: Looks like they;re actually only cutting 25% of this, and Bookstart is not being scrapped at all. From the Booktrust website:
As a charity Booktrust does not make a profit so materials are sourced at very competitive prices and this keeps our costs very low. For instance, central funding from the taxpayer is only 25% of the retail cost of delivering Bookstart. This is thanks to our sponsors and to our charitable status."