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Shirley Williams talking (a degree of) sense shocker.

Never thought I'd be typing that out.

Anyway, the dishevelled one spoke to a Social Market Foundation fringe meeting and made this observation:

"She said it was a "tragedy" when a teacher is afraid to put their arm around a child who has grazed their knee in the playground for fear of being branded "a potential criminal". "That's ludicrous. This particular meeting is called loving your neighbour. If you can't love your little neighbour, if you can't show any love to your little neighbour you are already beginning to destroy his or her sense of trust in other human beings".

She also discusses the frequent panics over child molesters, oldsters' disproportionate fear of crime etc. She blames the meeja of course, so it isn't all good.
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Blogger Praguetory said... 8:58 pm

It is a tragedy and it is also harmful. I have worked with people who have spent many years as volunteers helping problem children. They consider not touching vulnerable children (i.e. not giving hugs, holding hands, scrunching a kids hair etc) to be a form of abuse. The "evil" child is the one who has never been shown affection. Step forward prison murderer Robert Stewart, whose mother was counselled to, but failed to show him affection in his formative years.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 9:06 pm

Wise words PT.  



Anonymous a suttonian said... 11:00 am

His mother was counselled to, was she? How strange of her to ignore nannies telling you how to do everything in the f-g world.

R. Stewart's problem was probably being given a slap on the wrist by nannies talking about exaggerated fear of crime - until he ended up killing someone. Like the killers of Steven Lawrence & Dami Taylor.  



Blogger Praguetory said... 7:45 pm

Suttonian - do you know what you are talking about? At primary school Robert Stewart was top of the class. He did display some strange behaviour and his mother was counselled to provide him with more affection (she probably voiced her own concerns). It is on record that her attempts did improve his behaviour, until he went to Secondary school. Maybe, if his mother lived in a world where there was a stigma attached to not being affectionate to your children, (instead of the other way round) Robert's life would have taken a different path.  



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