Supporting Our Families – Upholding parental rights
The Welsh Assembly has been guilty of many absurdities, but it is at its most absurd when it tries to
work out what its attitude is towards children and young people.
On the one hand, young people are potential victims who need to be protected. For instance, the Welsh
Government recently decided that nobody could choose to have piercings or tattoos until they had reached the age of 18. (UKIP supported this.)
On the other hand, young people have Rights, and have Opinions which must be heard. The Welsh Government wants them to be able to vote at the age of 16, and are trying to force this through, despite strong evidence that a firm majority of Welsh voters is against this. Even more absurdly, Children’s Minister Huw Irranca-Davies has now told us that children aged as young as 8 have to be consulted over Brexit.
More sinister is the Welsh Government’s proposal to ban parents from smacking their misbehaving children. Under their plan, parents who do this will be prosecuted. How can this ban possibly be enforced? Will neighbours be encouraged to come forward and give evidence against their neighbours? Will young children be encouraged by their teachers to give evidence against their own parents?
Slowly but surely, Labour and their socialist bedfellows in Plaid Cymru are dragging us closer and closer towards a Stalinist Police State.