12 comments on “On that new don’t piss off the kiddies law

  1. A friend, who has never had children, has just had her 9-year-old great-nephew to stay. At bedtime she confiscated what she thought was all his electronic gadgets before sending him to bed, but she forgot his iPhone.

    The little darling recorded a video of himself crying in bed and sent it to his parents. Our friend go a call from panicked parents asking what was wrong.

    As the great wise-one, an erstwhile infant teacher, says, it isn’t until you’ve had children that you realise how manipulative they can be.

  2. I am aware of myself sounding like an old git being utterly convinced that we are as a nation going to hell in a handcart; and yet I am utterly convinced that as a civilisation we are tottering.

    Government seems to have gone completely mad; it is impossible to listen to the today programme without shouting at the IPAD, voices of libertarian reason are stilled (I am pissed off that The LAst Ditch blog has gone off the air); but the populace seems not to be up in arms. They grumble, to be sure, both in Blighty and here in Italy, but they should be incredibly fucking angry; I just feel frustrated that as an individual I can’t do anything except shout at the telly, and even that frightens my dogs, who deserve better.

    Am I alone or is there a fin de siecle sort of feel? 100 years ago this year a convulsion of collective madness brought an end to a golden age of liberty and growth (both human and economic). As a nation and as a species, we have never recovered, as the two world wars gave rise to a trend towards statism which shows no sign of reversing.

    The only sign of hope is the existence of the internet which is an unprecedented tool for dissent.

    Cuffleyburgers.

  3. …and the state makes such a great parent of those children it has already confiscated (vide sex gangs preying off children in care, low educational attainment, overrepresentation in jails)?….and some social workers are vindictive officious swine (thank you Christopher Booker)….and you can distinguish between psychological harm and tough love? My parents fucked me up and I did ditto for mine: no one grows up unscarred, it’s necessary to survive.

  4. “Government seems to have gone completely mad; it is impossible to listen to the today programme without shouting at the IPAD, voices of libertarian reason are stilled (I am pissed off that The LAst Ditch blog has gone off the air); but the populace seems not to be up in arms”

    Its the boiling frog method – just keep turning up the heat a little bit every time, most people don’t see it affecting them directly immediately, so there’s no response. Its only when something affects a large number of people negatively that it all kicks off – Poll Tax for example. The PTB have learned from that and now just move incrementally.

    We really do now live a sort of pseudo fascist Police State. A sort of iron fist in the velvet glove scenario. Most people don’t feel its effects, some get splatted. Its not a nice country to be in any more. One wonders how long one can run under the radar before its necessary to make the move somewhere else.

  5. Bloke In Italy – “Am I alone or is there a fin de siecle sort of feel?”

    As many others have said, too late to vote, too early to shoot.

    I don’t think it is just you. Not by a long shot.

    Jim – “One wonders how long one can run under the radar before its necessary to make the move somewhere else.”

    Where? You think New Zealand doesn’t have these sort of laws? If even France will jail a man for “psychologically abusing” his wife, the West is f**ked.

  6. If even France will jail a man for “psychologically abusing” his wife, the West is f**ked.

    But I suspect that, by that, the French mean pressuring her for sex because you _don’t_ have a mistress.

  7. I was hoping to add my thoughts, but Bloke in Italy got there first.

    “…hell in a handcart…government gone completely mad….Blighty…shout at telly….am I alone?…fin de siecle…”

    My thoughts exactly.

  8. As the great wise-one, an erstwhile infant teacher, says, it isn’t until you’ve had children that you realise how manipulative they can be.

    Or how much a spoiled cunt a brat with an iPhone can be. I bet his parents just shrugged their shoulders and chuckled at how clever their little darling was, rather than slapping the little shit around the head, taking his iPhone, and handing him Chester Wilmot’s The Struggle for Europe as his sole entertainment for the next 5 years.

  9. There are more problem parents than problem children, and yes, you are correct Tim.

  10. Dear Mr Worstall

    This did appear on 1st April, didn’t it?

    Please don’t tell me it wasn’t a joke.

    In other news – £10 a month ‘subscription’ to be a ‘member’ of the NHS, to be collected with council tax.

    Poll tax light, anyone?

    Or did that come out on Tuesday too?

    DP

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