The timing could not be more appropriate.
On the day that the Nanny State Index is published [placing Ireland in the top three again] some little wanker is grabbing the headlines with his latest proposal.
God give me patience!
He also proposes that mobile phone retailers face fines if they sell such devices to children under the age of 14.
Okay. Let’s look at this.
First of all, how many thirteen year olds wander into a mobile phone shop to buy a phone? Not many I would wager. The vast majority are bought by the parents so that’s hardly going to work? And if I were to wander into a shop to buy a phone for one of the grandkids, I would tell the vendor to mind his own fucking business if he asked who it was for.
As for fining parents: just how is that supposed to work? Are there to be police raids on private homes? Are there to be spot checks on the streets? Is Teacher supposed to go running to the law if he or she spots some kid doing a drop of surfing in the playground?
I agree that there is a possible problem with kids seeing smutty stuff on the web, but it is up to the parents to deal with this little problem. It is up to parents whether their sprog has a mobile phone or not and it is up to parents to monitor their kids’ activities. It is a parental thing and has fuck all to do with the state or laws. Any law which attempts to interfere in the way people live, or bring up their children is by definition a Nanny Law. Any law which attempts to force parents to take responsibility is a heinous abomination.
Cyber safety is “the single greatest threat to children in our time”, according to this wanker. Well, I am delighted to hear that. It means they have solved the “problems” of smoking and obesity and all the other things they try to regulate.
When the smoking ban was proposed people said it was unenforceable. Many laws are very difficult to police. There is a law against slapping children, I could be at home slapping my children all day, nobody is going to know about it.
Did someone mention the slippery slope? And the fucking eejit admits that the law is unworkable before it’s even introduced!
You don’t send the police in to police it, it is about setting a standard. It’s about setting an ideal, it is about creating awareness.
Okay. So it’s a law that can’t be policed. If you want to “create awareness” [Jayzus but I hate that fucking expression!] then stick an ad in the paper but don’t create yet another unworkable law.
This is an objective by us as a society to protect our children by regulation. We ban so many things like alcohol, pornography and gambling, yet we give them a device with unlimited access to them.
This is one of the most frightening statements I have heard in a long time. It is a pure unadulterated desire for state control over the individual and the family. It is weapons grade Nanny State.
And since when did a mobile phone give unlimited access to alcohol? Fucking idiot!
I received a message from a parent who said their child was watching a beheading by Isis.
I hope that child was immediately put into care. The parents obviously aren’t fit if they have to rely on the state to do their parenting for them.
As a legislator the only tool available to me is to introduce legislation. I really resent the accusation of politics of press release, that I’m doing this for some sort of political gain.
And I’m the fucking tooth fairy.