Labour's Burton will find it difficult to win back childcare votes
Anyone who has read a child's bedtime story will know the tale of "town mouse versus country mouse".
The ancient fable, which lives in children's story books, tells how each visits the other and alternately finds the rustic and the urban way of life not at all to their taste. The conclusion is a clear: "To each, his or her own".
But balancing help for town, where childcare costs are higher, versus country, where childcare costs are lower, is one of the many issues confronting the Government face as it tries to address the issue in next week's Budget ahead of the General Election.