We’ve come a long way in this country, since the days of the belief that children should be seen and not heard.
These days we have a Children’s Minister, a Children’s Referendum and a Children’s Ombudsman.
Anything that purports to be about safeguarding or elevating the interests of children is now a political homerun.
No politician was foolhardy enough to even attempt to voice dissent to the recent Children’s Referendum which resulted in a rare and clamorous cross-party consensus. Because if you’re not pro-Children, you must, by definition, be anti-Children.
But isn’t there an argument to be made that the state is concerning itself far too much in what must be the primary responsibility of parents.
The state has used isolated instances of child abuse and neglect to undermine inviolable familial bonds and blur the lines between the public and private spheres.
The left-wing liberal brigade can’t seem to make up its mind on whether children are vulnerable victims to be cosseted and sheltered from a harsh and predatory world or independent individuals with the inalienable right to determine their own futures.
Both narratives are used, heedless of their contradictory nature, to serve their agenda and justify state subversion of the family unit.
And this is a dangerous imperative. In some circumstances it allows parents and guardians to abdicate their responsibilities to the state and then point the finger when things go wrong.
A young Irish teenager died tragically when she mistakenly ordered a dish from a Chinese buffet that contained nuts. Her mother blames the state since its laws prevented a pharmacist from dispensing an Epi-pen over the counter that could have saved her daughter’s life. But surely the mother, knowing her daughter had a severe allergy, should have carried an Epi-pen at all times as a precaution, taking responsibility for her welfare.
And children that grow up in a culture that expects the state to tell them what to eat, drink and think, a state that is the ultimate arbiter of right and wrong, will never learn to take responsibility for their own destinies.