Scottish Officials Push For A State-Paid Legal Guardian For Every Child

By Barbara Hollingsworth | August 12, 2013 | 2:32 PM EDT

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( -- Officials of the left-leaning Scottish National Party have introduced legislation to appoint a paid “personal guardian” to oversee the raising of every child in Scotland.

The purpose of the propsed law is to make sure their parents are doing so in a manner compatible with the government’s wishes. It would also allow children who are unhappy with their parents’ disciplinary actions to turn them in to the authorities.

“It literally is something out of Orwell’s 1984 where parents constantly had to be mindful of what they did, since children were encouraged to report them to the authorities for the tiniest infractions of party policy,” David Jennings, an ex-pat British minister who lives in California, writes in the Canada Free Press.

“First Minister Alex Salmond’s SNP administration wants every child to have a ‘Named Person’ with the legal authority to ensure they are raised in a government-approved manner. There will be a database where children’s personal details can be recorded, stored and shared, and the act…would permit children who are angry with their parents to report them to their named person,” Jennings says.

The United Kingdom-based Christian Institute called the plan “sinister,” warning that  the “Law Society of Scotland said it could potentially breach European human rights laws on privacy and family life” as codified in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

The Scottish-based Schoolhouse Home Education Association said the proposed legislation “is open to abuse and misinterpretation and many parents could fall foul of overzealous agents of the state or people who are just plain busybodies.

“The state sponsored intrusion into private family lives is already well underway and being implemented without question by naive (or complicit) professionals to the detriment of parents and children in Scotland, many of whom have found it well nigh impossible to shake off unwanted tick box tyrants who believe every child should be brought up using state dictated indicators to meet state dictated outcomes.

“This is despite the policy having no statutory foundation and being in breach of Article 8 of the ECHR and the Data Protection Act (which is a UK-wide statute from which Scotland may not divert without reference to the UK Government)."