Sunday, November 19, 2006

Beverley Hughes was raised by wolves


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.

Those who fail to read stories or sing to their youngsters threaten their children's future and the state must put them right, Children's Minister Beverley Hughes said.

Their children's well-being is at risk 'unless we act', she declared.

And Mrs Hughes said the state would train a new 'parenting workforce' to ensure parents who fail to do their duty with nursery rhymes are found and 'supported'.
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.

[..] Mrs Hughes condemned the way governments before 1997 thought they had no role in the upbringing of children, which it 'regarded as the entirely private arrangements families make.'

She praised the Government's record of pouring billions into state benefits for single parents, into providing subsidies for childcare, into pushing mothers into work, and into the 'Sure Start' children's centres.
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.

[..] There are people who will shout about the "nanny state", who will tell us it's none of "our business", who will say more reasonably that if you try to predict, you stigmatise. But today's society doesn't work like this. Yes, there are areas in which the State, or the community, no longer has a role or, if it does have one, it is a role that is completely different. It is not for the State to tell people that they cannot choose a different lifestyle, for example in issues to do with sexuality. All that has changed and rightly. But where children are involved and are in danger of harm or where people are a risk to themselves or others, it is our duty not to stand aside. Their fate is our business.

Tony Blair on "Social Exclusion"
Get to the back of the line seniors; your marginal value as a commodity has diminished.

CP: Dust my Broom

2 comments:

Little Big Man said...

I give Canada 2 years to do a copy-cat bill if the British one goes through. Supreme Court of Canada dismissal of the appeal of the decision dismissing the Charter challenge to the law: 7 years. Everyone dressed in party-issued khaki, and being tattled on by their children: 20 years. Canada's official status as a sewer: there is a debate as to whether it already has that status.

Pietr said...

I expressed a few choice opinions about mister Tony yesterday.From a purely personal perspective naturally.
Couldn't the freedom-loving people of Canada send a request(beg urgently)to the freedom-loving people of America for relief?Liberation?Like in the South Park movie?