Friday, 12 August 2016

Ignore The Public At Your Peril

I've spoken before about the disaster that is the Scottish Government's Named Person Scheme.

It's a dangerous, intrusive, and unworkable piece of nanny state legislation that should never have seen the light of day.

And now we discover that it's unlawful too.

Who says so?

A panel of five judges at the Supreme Court say so.

They upheld a legal challenge to the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 and said that it was "incompatible with the rights of children, young persons and parents" under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

So that's it then is it? Has this Named Person nonsense finally been laid to rest?

Eh, no, not quite.

Because despite the Named Person Scheme being dangerous, intrusive, unworkable AND illegal, Scottish government  Education Secretary John Swinney has stated that the policy will still be implemented (once changes have been made).

OK, so let me get this correct.

The Scottish Government are elected by the people to represent the people and make laws to benefit the people.

The Scottish people tell the Government that they don't want this legislation AND the Supreme court tell the Government that their legislation is unlawful...but...

The Scottish Government still go ahead with it!

Liz Smith, the Conservative education spokeswoman has said that the scheme is "unworkable and unnecessary" and that "The Supreme Court has blown the named persons scheme out of the water and it's time that the SNP realised that it's time to stop pursuing it. Instead of arrogantly trying to push ahead, they should listen to the many voices who are saying that this policy is unworkable and unnecessary. Nicola Sturgeon needs to accept that she got this one wrong, and that it's time to put the best interests of families in Scotland before her own narrow-minded political agenda."

Well said Liz.

However the Scottish Government are not listening to you or anyone on this matter.

No problem though.

If the Scottish Government refuse to listen to the Scottish people, the Scottish people might just make them listen...at the next Holyrood elections.