Friday, November 24, 2006

And is it just me, or does this sound spooky?

Supporting the government's parenting agenda, as it develops.

- again, from National Academy for Parenting Practitioners

As a parent I want to set my own agenda, along with my children. Are we still going to be allowed to do this?

20 Comments:

Blogger Tim said...

You will be allowed to choose from a list of options dictated by Tony, or Gordon, or whoever the next Leader is.

Obedience is rewarded. As a constituent of a Labour MP you are probably already benefitting from much higher healthcare funding than if you had been foolish enough to elect a Conservative MP.

It pays to comply.

3:05 pm, November 24, 2006  
Blogger Gill said...

Oh, we'll be given options? Phew!

Hmm, wait a minute - we had options before, didn't we?

I feel like Boxer from Animal Farm: "Two legs bad; four legs good"
"Four legs good; two legs better"

What did we believe in the first place? *Confused*

3:51 pm, November 24, 2006  
Blogger Tim said...

"Oh, we'll be given options? Phew! "

You don't get a say in what the options will be. There will be consultation, then they will do what they had already decided.

"Hmm, wait a minute - we had options before, didn't we? "

They were probably bad for you. You didn't want those options. You will want the new ones.

4:35 pm, November 24, 2006  
Blogger Gill said...

So it's not Animal Farm! Orwell is far too sophisticated for this concept.

It's actually Peter and Jane:

"I like the dog. You like the dog. We like the dog."

"Wait a minute, but I'm not sure - "

"You LIKE the DOG."

"Oh."

5:02 pm, November 24, 2006  
Blogger Tim said...

Now you understand.

:-)

5:36 pm, November 24, 2006  
Blogger Gill said...

OK, finding my passport now. Is there anywhere in the world left where I'm allowed to think freely? Maybe in a barely habitable jungle somewhere or something? I can do that, I've survived Manchester city centre (though admittedly, not for long).

5:52 pm, November 24, 2006  
Blogger Tim said...

As I would understand, under Stalin you were specifically entitled to hold any beliefs, and to think any thoughts you wished.

If you mentioned those beliefs or thoughts to anyone you would be shot or sent to Siberia, of course, but you were allowed to have them.

I think the same is true in the USA now. But then, they will shoot you because they don't like Mondays.

6:03 pm, November 24, 2006  
Blogger Gill said...

I guess we should thank our lucky stars we're not being shot or sent to Siberia then? Though the threat of 'care' orders for not following govt 'parenting strategy' might almost make me prefer it :(

8:56 pm, November 24, 2006  
Blogger Louise said...

It's funny isn't it but you can give people options and they think they have a choice when really they are being controlled.
I find we are entering worrying times but spiritually we will come through this..it's like the quickening off highlander!!

9:12 pm, November 24, 2006  
Blogger Gill said...

Never seen Highlander Lou - always meant to, he did look dramatic in the trailers!

Reading on with this doc though:

"..range of stakeholders, both small and large, involved with parenting and parenting support.."

There are STAKEHOLDERS in parenting?? What kind of stakes have they got in us then? *Pictures frantic futures share-dealing in the most 'promising' children*

9:20 pm, November 24, 2006  
Blogger Gill said...

"Offer advice for those who commission parenting provision locally and nationally."

Commission parenting provision...?

WTF are these people on?

9:22 pm, November 24, 2006  
Blogger Gill said...

"Offer advice to policy makers on parenting.."

Policy makers on parenting. My eyes must be going funny.

9:24 pm, November 24, 2006  
Blogger Tim said...

Come on sweetheart, Let's go and commission some parenting provision. Wink, wink. :)

12:08 am, November 25, 2006  
Anonymous Lucy B said...

"Is there anywhere in the world left where I'm allowed to think freely?"

hmmmm ... well, when we were poised on the brink of winning the euromillions the other week we were going to buy this.

Only we didn't win.

7:32 am, November 25, 2006  
Blogger Gill said...

Sounds about right Tim ^^

Ooooh Lucy, that looks like paradise!

8:00 am, November 25, 2006  
Anonymous Lucy b said...

lol .... yeah and obviously we were going to buy the whole place, and then only share it with other like-minded folk, very Wicker Man :-)

8:34 am, November 25, 2006  
Blogger Gill said...

ROFL! You'd have to invest in some sharks ;-)

Keep the hoi polloi out ;-)

8:48 am, November 25, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks very Father Ted.

12:48 pm, November 25, 2006  
Blogger Leo said...

I'll tell them where they can put their parenting agenda.

4:37 pm, November 25, 2006  
Blogger Gill said...

LOL, thats the spirit Leo!

Putting you on my blogs list btw :-)

6:37 pm, November 25, 2006  

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