Loyal readers have been noting with increasing vexation that the Tory party has turned into a bit of a Nanny.
Well now it seems that this is indeed the case, as David Cameron has himself donned the mantle of "Nan Cam", and defended Nanny's plans for giving parents with children under the age of five £100 vouchers to attend parenting classes.
Nan Cam is quoted by the BBC:
"This is not the nanny state - it's the sensible state.The vouchers are now available from health professionals and through Boots.
It's ludicrous that we should expect people to train for hours to drive a car or use a computer, but when it comes to looking after a baby we tell people to just get on with it.
I would have loved more guidance when my children were babies."
Nanny is also launching a new NHS online service for parents covering areas such as breastfeeding, nappy changing and post natal depression.
Expectant parents or those with a baby under a month old will be able to sign up for text and email alerts, providing them with "regular, relevant and tailored" advice including short government information films (remember those?) and advice from other parents.
This is all very well and good, maybe. The trouble is with any government "initiative", it ends up being used as an excuse to gather data on people and to pry into their private lives with the express intention of telling them how they should live their lives.
Good intentions or not, people simply do not trust the state not to overstep the mark.
I wrote about this last year:
"Poorer parents will be “incentivised” to attend courses to help them complete the “five-a-day” essential actions. They will be rewarded for attending classes with higher child benefit payments or annual bonuses.This will end in tears, as people will assume that it is the state's responsibility to bring up their kids!
Doubtless with all this nonsense being spoken about "moral decay" (hasn't Cameron ever looked at Hogarth's prints?), this campaign will receive even more prominence.
However, as noted above, normal parents (poor/wealthy) know perfectly well that they should play with, read to, engage...oh, and FEED! their children; they don't need the state to interfere in that.
In fact the more that the state seeks to interfere, the more people assume that it is in fact the state's responsibility to bring up their kids.
However, the "court absent" parents and those who think it normal that their "good little boy" carried a hammer taped to his leg whilst robbing a store (ie those who need to improve their parenting skills) will not take the slightest bit of notice of Nanny's advice ."
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