When I first read this, I seriously thought it was a spoof on the welfare state, but like Billy Beck, I guess I haven't been paying enough attention to what's going on in Britain.
Parents could be forced to go to special classes to learn to sing their children nursery rhymes, a minister said.A feature of the Orwellian state is the destruction of the language and along with it, common sense and rational thinking. Hence, the use of state force translates into the idea of "support", and "we, the community" becomes larger than the individual components that make the thing what it is in the first place. In Hughes' regime, "all of us" want to be ruled and cared for by the state, but because many of us do not know what is in our best collective interests, (although we can be trusted to vote) we do not yet understand that involuntary compliance is double plus good! Into the Brave New World of obesity charters and test-tubed hatched babies we go:
Tony Blair has backed the idea of 'fasbos' [foetal anti-social behaviour order] - efforts to identify and correct the lives of children who are likely to fail even before they are born - and new laws to compel parents to attend parenting classes are on the way.Apparently, the parents of this contemptible creature failed to read nursery rhymes to her during the formative years, because Beverley Hughes clearly did not learn that stealing and bullying are wrong. But silly me, I forget that state intrusion into early education was less reaching when Hughes was a child. If a state approved list of multi-cultural friendly rhymes had been available at the time, she may have turned out even worse.
The Nobel economist James Heckman famously showed that the return on human capital was very high in the early years of life and diminished rapidly thereafter. And yet the emphasis in spending in British social policy had always been the opposite. Investment was negligible in the early years. It then began to grow at just about the age that diminishing returns were setting in. If policies had been devised expressly to defy the evidence they could hardly have been better. We have responded to the evidence and begun to correct the anomaly.Get to the back of the line seniors; your marginal value as a commodity has diminished.
CP: Dust my Broom
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Posted by Lisa Turner on Sunday, November 19, 2006