Monday, 24 June 2013
An Orwellian Oversight Indeed
The Scottish government's determination to catalogue each child from the cradle (or before) to the grave has gained international derision.
Susan Martinuk, a respected Canadian journalist, states: '...Scotland is demonstrating the outrageous situations governments can create when they forsake the basic laws of common sense'.
Another point she makes which resounds with many is the enormous bureaucracy which will be required to put GIRFEC into practice. What other sections of our social care network will be reduced? In my area alone health services are stretched well beyond capacities, yet doctors struggle on to help the few who gain access for help with chronic pain or severe breathing problems. Hundreds more are on waiting lists, hoping for help before its too late.
The money has to come from somewhere for programmes such as GIRFEC. Will the health service be hit, or transport, or some of the other services provided by the taxpayer?
Who knows. Perhaps Orwell knew but decided the scenario was too horrific to put on paper.