SNP Government Out of Control?

SNP Government Out of Control?

Under the Named Person scheme, every child is to be appointed a state guardian at birth to monitor their wellbeing up until the age of 18. All families will receive 11 compulsory visits to inspect their parenting skills before a child starts classes.  Read entire article here and note the news of sinister tests – already being carried out in Scottish schools.  I heard of one parent’s experience this morning.

Nicola Sturgeon First Minister of Scotland
Nicola Sturgeon
First Minister of Scotland

If you are concerned about the Named Person Scheme, and/or about the storing of personal information about your family and home on a database,  you can contact your MSP by checking the list here

I’m hearing of people in education who think there’s a place for the scheme, and some parents who have resolved to “keep my head down”; that is because  they are accepting the principle that it is acceptable for the State to interfere in family life, and in the case of the parent, she is terrified of bringing herself to the attention of the authorities as a “rebel”.  Yet, once the principle (that the State may interfere in family life) is admitted, there is just nowhere to go. Either parents have a right to raise their own children as they see fit, or the State has the right to raise the nation’s children as the State, through its various agencies,  sees fit.

One commentator opines that the Scottish Government is now out of control. I agree. Do you? 
But one thing puzzles me above all else – why are parents not taking to the streets over this issue? 

Comments (62)

  • catholicteacherscotland

    The work load is not heavy. There is no financial payment. Local authorities change and adapt working conditions all the time. The unions are to blame for this. They are weak. What will happen when a Named Person is prosecuted for not “preventing abuse”? Will the unions then wake up?

    March 9, 2016 at 6:33 pm
    • lupine22

      Cost of such a claim would be horrendous as would the financial compensation to a family who were wrongly accused. Again back of an envelope cost /benefit analysis would have killed this stone dead. Don’t know why anyone would encourage such a waste of tax payer’s money and just for for the fiscal reasons alone….thought Councils were broke anyway? Can’t fix pot holes in the roads !

      March 9, 2016 at 6:50 pm
    • editor


      Do you agree with me, then, that this Named Person legislation is not a cause for concern in the sense that Heads and other NP appointees will not be constantly monitoring and making decisions about pupils, but that the danger lies, as when ANYTHING is legalised, in that once permitted by statute, the powers of the NP can be invoked?

      In other words, just the fact that the powers are there, means that parents are at risk of being sidelined, given that in any given scenario, the NP must be informed (for example if a teenager is put on contraception, the doctor MUST tell the NP, but not the parents) – would you agree that that is the major concern with this NP law?

      March 9, 2016 at 7:08 pm
      • lupine22

        I thought Doctor/patient confidentiality was sacrosanct and 3rd parties were not given access to medical records? Maybe times have changed?

        March 9, 2016 at 7:34 pm
      • Athanasius


        The Data Protection Act is supposed to be sacrosanct and yet the governement permits DVLA to sell your name and address to private car parking enforcement companies. There is no such thing today as confidentiality. The governement arrogates to itself the right to hand your personal details to anyone it chooses, for the right price.

        March 9, 2016 at 7:46 pm
      • catholicteacherscotland

        Editor I think you have summed up the danger quite succinctly. I don’t think the fact that the powers won’t be used for the majority of pupils is a justification. The fact that the powers are legal and can be invoked at any time is deeply sinister.

        March 9, 2016 at 10:09 pm
      • editor


        Yes, that’s what I meant. I meant that the NP powers must be resisted at all costs, even though, as many have noted, the idea is ridiculous and unworkable. The fact that the powers are then to be invoked in law, is, indeed, deeply sinister.

        March 9, 2016 at 11:02 pm
  • Athanasius


    You’ll probably find that the Union leaders’ silence has been bought.

    March 9, 2016 at 6:51 pm
  • lupine22

    Can Father Arthur enlighten us here on his views on the Named Person Scheme, given the comment he made that someone should not be allowed to Homeschool .

    March 9, 2016 at 7:40 pm
    • editor


      I didn’t take Fr Arthur’s comment literally when he remarked that Catholics who only present the saints as perfect human beings, omitting to mention their sins/faults,should not home-school or teach. I read it as a piece of hyperbole – an exaggeration to make a point. I am not his spokesperson, but I suspect he would share our concerns about the level of State interference in family life that the NP scheme represents. Don’t badger him. He’ll answer if and when he chooses.

      March 9, 2016 at 11:07 pm

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