I often marvel at the blatant arrogance and disregard for public opinion by our UK government, a public who elected them in the first place. They put themselves out of touch with the average person in the street and then wonder why so many of us want to tell them where to go in 4 letters! And in addition to this, they then create spin to fire-fight the backlash to this arrogance.
Here’s a current one for your attention and hopefully your action …
Last October (2008) the UK Government announced it had decided to place Sex & Relationship Eduction (SRE) on the National Curriculum for children from 5 years and upwards. Amazingly it did this without consulting parents. A petition was launched on the Number 10 web site calling for a consultation and subsequently the Government decided to ask parents what they thought.
Yesterday the government released the results of the consultation that revealed that 68% of those who responded were against placing SRE on the National Curriculum and 79% against removing the parental right to withdrawal.
Despite this response the Government have decided to press ahead and place SRE on the National Curriculum for children from 5 onwards and, in a surprise development, have announced that the parental right to withdrawal will stop at age 15.
Perhaps your local MP would like to hear from you.
I know that if my children were still only 5-years-old, I’d be worried that at a time when they should be playing with teddies they’ll be learning about penises … and almost certainly from a government proscribed angle (depending on who is shouting loudest at the time).