Victory for Parents: Named Person Scheme Axed by Scottish Government!

Victory for Parents: Named Person Scheme Axed by Scottish Government!

Education Secretary John Swinney will today announce he is to repeal the controversial ‘Named Person’ laws which were rejected by the Supreme Court two years ago.

The Herald understands he will scrap parts 4 and 5 of the Children and Young People Act of 2014, which provided for a ‘named person’ to ensure the wellbeing of every young person in Scotland.  Click here to read more and here to read the report from the Christian Institute.

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Comments (18)

  • Margaret Mary

    This is fantastic news! Maybe the Scottish Government will think twice before trying to interfere in family life in the future. All credit to the Christian Institute for taking on this case.

    September 19, 2019 at 4:50 pm
    • editor


      Agreed. It is fabulous news and the Christian Institute is to be commended for taking on and winning the case against the Scottish Government. They have been dauntless throughout.

      September 19, 2019 at 4:58 pm
      • Laura

        I agree – the CI kept up the pressure on the government. So, that’s another success which they have chalked up. Well done, them!

        September 19, 2019 at 10:30 pm
    • Josephine

      I do agree that the Christian Institute has to be given credit for fighting this case. They really are excellent in defending family values in court.

      September 19, 2019 at 9:55 pm
  • Josephine

    I’m over the moon at this news. It was great watching John Swinney squirm on the TV news this evening, LOL!

    September 19, 2019 at 9:54 pm
  • Laura

    Alleluia! This is wonderful news. I honestly thought they were determined to implement the NPS in full so I’m delighted at this news.

    September 19, 2019 at 10:29 pm
  • Fidelis

    It certainly is good news but will Swinney apologise to parents who have been worried about this since it was first mooted, as this Scottish TV News report asks – I wouldn’t hold my breath

    September 20, 2019 at 12:25 am
    • editor


      Yes, Swinney did look uncomfortable making that announcement in the Scottish Parliament – I didn’t see him interviewed, though – that would have been the icing on the cake, she said most uncharitably! :

      September 20, 2019 at 9:52 am
  • Fidelis

    I meant to add my agreement about the Christian Institute. It’s very telling that there is no equivalent Catholic organisation taking cases to court when family life and traditional Christian values are threatened by new laws. It is to our shame that this is the case. Kudos to the Christian Institute for another victory in the courts.

    September 20, 2019 at 12:27 am
    • editor

      Absolutely, Fidelis, I agree about the absence of any Catholic organisation similar to the Christian Institute. I have asked more than once, where are all the Catholic lawyers? So far, the only ones to hit the headlines in Scotland have been partnered homosexuals, permitted Catholic funerals.

      September 20, 2019 at 9:54 am
    • Frankier


      The Catholic Church has too many crawlers and cowards, like McKenna, to be putting their heads above the parapets. They like rolling over like a dog to get its tummy tickled, or kicked even..

      Sitting in the back of the bus watching all that`s going on and nodding their heads
      suits them Don`t rock the boat, that is their motto.

      It, as they say, will always be thus.

      September 21, 2019 at 1:31 am
      • crofterlady

        Great news indeed!

        Frankier, who’s McKenna?

        September 21, 2019 at 3:00 pm
      • editor

        Kevin McKenna. There are two articles about him in the September (current) newsletter. And one in the previous, July newsletter.

        September 21, 2019 at 3:15 pm
      • crofterlady

        Yes , Editor, I read them but somehow I thought Frankier was referring to an inert (sitting in the back of the bus) bishop and an unknown one to me!

        September 22, 2019 at 11:53 am
  • gabriel syme

    What great news – but the sad thing is that it took the SNP so long (post supreme court decision) to finally accept the policy was a dead duck.

    it was bad enough that the SNP tried to introduce this kind of invasive policy in the first place, but to then waste more and more time and (taxpayers) money by refusing to listen and move on is unforgivable. What a brass neck they have.

    The whole affair is a good expose of the nationalists, in terms of what poor legislation they produce, how they are incapable of listening and how bloody minded they are. I hope people will remember this at the ballot box.

    All of the people and organisations who fought this for so long can be well pleased!

    September 20, 2019 at 12:51 pm
  • Petrus

    I thought I had posted this earlier on in the week, but I notice now that I didn’t do it properly.

    I was slightly concerned with John Swinney’s comment that where the scheme is already in place on the voluntary basis it will continue. I think we will still need to be on our guard.

    September 22, 2019 at 2:04 pm
  • Margaret Mary

    Petrus, I think that’s just face saving. I don’t think they can use it, if it’s not been passed by law.

    September 22, 2019 at 3:39 pm
    • Petrus

      Hope you are right.

      September 22, 2019 at 4:30 pm

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