Most folks in Scotland don’t know about the controversy surrounding “The Named Person” because they have either never heard of the term or have never given it due consideration.
Today, at Hampden Park, one of Glasgow’s large football grounds, the Scottish Government (or was it the SNP?) held an event to explain to parents how the government would ensure they Get It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) by using “Wheels” Triangles” “Martices” “Databases” “Toolkits” and a compulsory state appointed “Named Person” outwith the family to oversee the “Wellbeing” of every child.
Note the word is “Wellbeing”
The word is not “Welfare.”
There is a difference.
And that difference is important.
And oh, the parents were to be given gift vouchers worth £25.00, travel expenses, as well free childcare to thank them for attending.
Some are saying this is a bribe.
“Ministers have been ridiculed for using bewildering diagrams to explain their controversial plan to appoint a state guardian for every child under 18, and accused of trying to buy public support for the policy.”
And others are saying:
“It is aimed at parents with children aged up to 18, and according to official literature there will be young people’s groups and a “separate recruitment process for children and young people”.”
“It confirms our fears that we are not far from being dictated to by a government not too distant from the type portrayed by George Orwell’s in the nightmare vision of his ‘Big Brother’ world.”
Presumably the Scottish government is not keen about being considered “Orwellian”
So maybe they consider the £25 “bribe’ is money well spent.