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Moral cowardice of the Tory ministers


TWO measures have been highlighted this week which demonstrate once again the deeply unconservative nature of this Conservative Party. The first is the Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill 2017-2019 which will by default take ownership of your body upon death. We explain here how this Act will change fundamentally the relationship between the State and the citizen.

The second is the sex education proposals which we have also commented on. Let’s leave aside the queries we have with the LGBT agenda being pushed upon young children. That, in truth, is the least of my worries.

What is far worse is the cumulative effect this teaching will have on teenagers. The effect of these guidelines will be to frighten pupils, especially teenage girls.

Take this for instance on page 30 of the Draft Statutory Guidance. This list is the height of governmental arrogance. 

It says:

Pupils should be made aware of the relevant legal provisions when relevant topics are being taught, including for example:

  • marriage
  • consent, including the age of consent
  • violence against women and girls
  • online behaviours including image and information sharing (including ‘sexting’, youth-produced sexual imagery, nudes, etc.)
  • pornography
  • abortion
  • sexuality
  • gender identity
  • substance misuse
  • violence and exploitation by gangs
  • extremism/radicalisation
  • criminal exploitation (for example, through gang involvement or ‘county lines’ drugs operations)
  • hate crime
  • female genital mutilation (FGM)

Do ministers know just how much law this covers? Not only is family law involved but most of the rest would take up a good chunk of the criminal law element of a first-year law degree. How on earth are teachers supposed to teach this? I was unaware they had so much time on their hands that they could explain all the legal provisions behind ‘criminal exploitation’. Fascinating stuff indeed.

The arrogance of ministers who dump all these modern ills into the laps of teachers is astonishing. It surprises me that more teachers have not protested and said ‘This is above our pay grade’.

And let’s consider female genital mutilation – how graphic are the teachers expected to be on this? University students demand trigger warnings before Shakespeare is taught, but here we could have a bunch of 13-year-girls hearing how the vulva or clitoris is mutilated. Will this come straight after the lesson on pornography? Who knows.

Again, how graphic will the pornography lessons be? Are they going to be explaining anal sex to 12-year-olds in a mixed class? Lovely.

Any sensitive child or teenager could well be left terrified after a week of this kind of stuff – the sexting, the abortion, the ‘criminal exploitation’ and the FGM. Yet there is Damian Hinds, the Education Secretary, trying to sell us all this stuff and marching on regardless. He is a disgrace – pushing pornography and FGM on the most sensitive minds.

I see that Hinds was educated at St Ambrose College, a Roman Catholic grammar school. Of course he was – another letdown. I doubt very much that this kind of stuff was pushed on him when he was a teenager, but no doubt we will be told ‘we live in different times now’. That it is better to frighten teenagers so they are ‘prepared’ for FGM and forced marriage to come. Just how they are supposed to stop it I don’t know. Perhaps with some spoons.

I also note that Hinds was chairman of the Tory Bow Group in 2001–2. The Bow Group! A group considered ‘hard-line’ and on the Right. Yet the minute these politicians get into office they revert to type – sycophantic, career-obsessed cowards who follow the most vocal and powerful, yet unrepresentative, interest groups.

When it comes to this current generation of the Conservatives it really doesn’t matter who you put in there – they are all moral cowards in the end.

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