‘Named Person’ scheme

In case anyone imagined I was being grumpy in a post about zealotry and over officious people in the previous post, guess what? I was! 🙂

There’s a reason for this.

It’s called the ‘Named Person’ legislation a woefully inept an inadequate Scottish Nationalist Party wish to introduce here. Under this proposed legislation, every child in Scotland would have to have a ‘Named Person’ until the age of 18 to cast an eye over their welfare and, maybe, inform the appropriate authorities if something was amiss.

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Yes, there are vulnerable young people out there in Scotland, as anywhere else, but this scheme takes the biscuit.

I’m not going to hide my contempt for the SNP. They are vile. Most political organisations with ‘National’ in their name are vile. National Socialist American Labor Party (US)? National Socialist Movement (US)? National Front (UK)? British National Party (UK)? Front National (France)? A host of other global contemptible, odious organisations? All banded together by that ‘national’ word in their title -Neo-Nazism as defined by the original bunch, Germany’s National Socialists –the Nazis. Each and every one a far-right, racist, homophobic, anti-semitic organisation.

The SNP wouldn’t cast themselves accordingly, but scratch the surface and their mob mentality is laid bare, as seen in the run up to Scotland’s failed independence poll. Parties opposing independence had their offices daubed with swastikas and the letter ‘q’ (for quisling, i.e ‘collaborator’)

As The Daily Telegraph link (above) rightly says…nationalism is never completely benign. It is always polarising, and it always needs an enemy.

For the SNP, that’s England. For the SNP, that’s Westminster (i.e. the UK parliament).

The SNP plans to invest £40m ($60m, 56m euros) in the scheme which opponents (and I would name myself as part of that number) say, correctly, is nothing more than state-sponsored snooping 

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First, they came for the children, and I did not speak out because I did not have a child…

Then they came for the English, and I did not speak out because I wasn’t English…

Effectively, the ‘Named Person’ legislation means my children would have a quasi-guardian -maybe a teacher of some description- whose job it is to determine whether I, a parent, am doing a good enough job. As parents, we make mistakes. None of us do it right, all the time. But we strive to ensure the good parenting vastly outweighs the error-strewn parenting.

Imagine a scenario where one of my children makes a casual remark to a teacher about our naturist holidays. Imagine that teacher -the named person- doesn’t understand the concept of social, family naturism. Imagine, more than that, they’re religious, and sees the body as a thing of shame. Imagine, then, they inform the authorities and my children are taken from me (however briefly) because someone who is not part of my family, who is part of a social engineering experiment (because that’s what it is) has their own body hang-ups or, worse, religious conviction.

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Some mothers can’t breast feed. Some children’s talents lie in the creative & artistic, more than they do ‘sporting’ activity. Some children’s talents lie in the sporting, rather than ‘cultural’. Who determines what’s ‘cultural’? Singing songs about Bannockburn to foster Scottish nationalist ideals?

If my child is getting bullied, does the ‘Named Person’ have precedence regarding resolution more than I do?

If confronted by ‘substance mis-use’ within their network of friends, doesn’t it rather point at the presence of substance abuse within an under-18 crowd showing that the Named Persons legislation has already failed?

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Former SNP leader Alex Salmond practices his goose-stepping.

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‘All 10 year olds into….the SNP Youth?’

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Similarities? The odal rune of the Volksdeutsche and the SNP logo.

The Named Person scheme must be opposed. And stopped.

Ella

 

 

Thank you, Scotland!

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I stumbled out of bed shortly after 600am, turned the television on, made a cup of tea and sat down to watch the results from the Scottish Independence vote. And I found out, almost immediately, that Scotland had rejected independence to remain a part of the United Kingdom.

Thank you, Scotland. It was what I wanted, it was how I voted.

I’m not going to try to sound triumphalist. The referendum has shown Scotland to be a country divided (55/45) for and against independence, so clearly there are going to be issues that need to be addressed in the coming days, weeks and months to get us all pulling together again.

It’s a great country. A great place to live.

What I would say is that Westminster (i.e. the UK parliament that sits in London) has made promises on which it must deliver, and the relationships between various parts of the UK have been irrevocably altered as a result of the referendum taking place. They are altered irrespective of the result.

What is on the table now for us living in Scotland is ‘Devo Max’ – maximum devolution – which would allegedly see us in Scotland have more powers devolved away from Westminster to the Scottish parliament at Holyrood, in Edinburgh.

Naturism is, shall we say, limited in Scotland. There’s aspects of the lifestyle not best suited to the land. The cold. The midges (small flies that proliferate in summer). The thistles (you don’t want those scraping on a naked thigh or other even more tender parts). NakedScotland do a good job in keeping us informed of what’s happening within limited possibilities.

What I’d hope for now, in the wake of this vote, is that Scots naturists seize the opportunity to look at this Devo-Max potential for their own ends, and lobby strongly the case that we, Scotland, can frame our own laws which are rather more enlightened (Scotland is the home of the European Enlightenment movement, remember) that the rest of the UK. Despite the local weather, flora and fauna issues we face, now’s the time to make Scotland a beacon within the UK where naturist rights are understood and accepted.

Now’s the time for us, with our perhaps semi-independent thought processes, to take just that one small arena of living and enshrine naturism’s acceptability here in Scotland, to get more people involved and to improve resources for them.

Ella

Better together

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No apologies for today’s non naturist, non SL posting. Today Scotland votes on ‘independence’ from the rest of the United Kingdom.

And I’d like them to stay within that United Kingdom family. 300 years, we’ve had, of shared history. And in that time collectively punched above our weight on the global stage.

We would all be diminished by Scotland’s ‘independence’. The chances are Scotland will yoke themselves to Brussels and the EU if they do go ‘independent’. It’s strange that freeing yourself from from ‘a colonial master in London’ (which is how some Scots see it) means climbing into bed with a more distant and less sympathetic ‘ruler’. Joining the EU is not ‘independence’

What I say, an English woman living in Scotland, blogging on a niche website about a niche online game, won’t make a button of difference. But I sincerely hope Scotland chooses to remain within the UK family. I shall be going out later to vote ‘No’ to independence.

Ella