The Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill was passed last night with 103 MSPs voting for it and with 15 abstentions. Eleven MSPs did not vote.
The Tories did their best to make amendments to the proposal to assign all children a named person to monitor their wellbeing, but their amendments were defeated at the amendment stage.
It also transpired that the Scottish Government is unable to provide MSPs with an estimate of the capital costs of expanding access to free childcare.
My opposition to parts of this Bill is well recorded and I do hope the Tories will take the legal action they threatened earlier yesterday.
As John Ross, one of the former Free Church of Scotland moderators, said:
''I am deeply disappointed that the legislation has not been amended by MSPs.
My chief objection is that the bill considers children in isolation rather than as part of a family unit.
A child’s values, wellbeing and development are primarily the responsibility of his or her parents, not state-appointed guardians, and it’s disappointing that the Scottish Government has not made clear what jurisdiction a named person has or how parents can engage in the process.
It is very risky rolling out a nationwide scheme based on a few pilot projects, when what is needed is not retrospection but foresight. The government needs to anticipate future abuses, such as when militant secularists accuse religious parents of intellectual indoctrination because they teach their children their faith.
The Isle of Man ran a similar scheme that had to be abandoned because it undermined the trust essential to the provision of social and health care. Astronomical increases in referrals put the social work system into meltdown. Staff turnover increased due to needless stress and families feared going to hospitals or doctors’ surgeries because they thought health professionals were snooping. As a result, those who really were in need suffered.
Introducing this legislation will lose the Yes campaign a serious amount of votes because I haven’t spoken to one person who approves of the ’Named Person’ aspect of the Bill.
More worrying is the manner in which the Bill has been forced through the Scottish Parliament without providing proper financial details of how the Bill will be supported. It would seem, that in their desperate efforts to make Scotland a socialist country, they will push out those we need most - adults who are well educated and earn more than the national average. These are the people who will need to be taxed more to pay for this grandiose, unnecessary piece of legislation.