is that people have the time to spend on examining us and the way we live in minute detail. Developing nations worry about clean water supplies, and reliable electricity distribution,and road networks, etc.
The way we regard child rearing is important because the future success of the UK depends on having a healthy, well adjusted, well educated generation of people ready to assume the reponsibility of regulating and running society. Payback time is measured in decades, and a degree of vision is called for - both on the part of successive governments and parents - if we are to succeed in turning out happy, healthy people.
Where does the money come from? From us of course, which is where the vision part comes in. We should all want the best possible social and physical environment for our children and for their children, but these things don't come easily or cheaply.