(Una )Musings has an excellent piece on the Contact Point database, Labour’s Orwellian plan to regulate every aspect of the way in which a child is raised, including chilling statements such as ‘refusal to take appropriate medicine’ – who is to decided what is appropriate, and for what ailment are they being medicated?; surely not the ‘appropriateness of social and communications skills, for example, ‘body language, excessive use of expletives or inappropriate language, for example brusque manner’. Nobody mention the Gollywog……..!
I was particularly struck by her comment that this initiative had come into being via Statutory Instrument, rather than being exposed to the, albeit somewhat toothless these days, scrutiny of Parliament. NuLabour are remarkably reluctant to engage in debate with their ‘stakeholders’ whilst socially engineering their lives, and even when they do, it is by way of obscure phrases that appear to hold out promise of ‘something better’ whilst concealing a cyanide pill.
Another piece of legislation which has been passed, the true meaning of which has apparently escaped the main stream media, is The Mental Capacity Act 2005. This was billed at the time as ‘extending autonomy by proxy’ – surely the ultimate oxymoron – your ‘self-government’ is yours alone, once in someone else’s hands it is no longer yours. No matter, it passed through parliament with some minor squeaks on the question of whether this was ushering in euthanasia via the backdoor – absolutely not we were assured; it was, were were told, a way of ensuring that at the end of your days, you and you alone could decide on your medical treatment, you could even ensure that if you were unable to speak up for yourself, a trusted friend or relative ‘could’ express your wishes on your behalf.
Note that little word ‘could’. It was never spelt out that if you didn’t formally – at a cost of some £500 – set up this arrangement in advance, then an anonymous government department could, and would, take control of your ‘proxy autonomy’ for you. A civil servant will be appointed as your case officer and oversee your medical treatment. So, granting your proxy autonomy has already become an ‘opt-in’ arrangement, fail to have the foresight today, now, to do so, or fail to find the £500, and you too will have a civil servant who never has nor ever will meet you, decide on your medical treatment.
Now you might imagine that deciding on your medical treatment meant ensuring that you get a necessary kidney transplant or something of that order. Hold fast! Under UK law you do not have the right to insist on any medical treatment; why then do you need to ensure that you have a proxy? Simple, you have the right to insist on no further medical treatment. That civil servant can recommend on your behalf that you do not wish to have any further treatment…….
Nor is this simply a matter of not wanting any further intrusive operations when you have a terminal illness. UK law says that food and water when administered by a Doctor is medical treatment…….so just in case you might have wanted to ensure that in your final days you wouldn’t want any food or water, the Act helpfully ensures that it is a criminal offence to fail to obey the decision that the government made on your behalf.
We do not have the right to euthanasia in this country, those who fear that the end of their life may be too intolerable for them or their families to bear must travel abroad amid a welter of bureaucracy and the fear of prosecution in order to find eternal peace. What we do have is the right of the less-than-transparent Court of Protection to decided that since you didn’t nominate a family member to do so, they can order a Doctor to supervise your inhuman death by starvation and dehydration.
NuLabour’s Orwellian control is complete, the CAF will supervise every moment of your birth and childhood, every aspect of your life will be scrutinised, logged, and controlled, and when you fail to be economically productive, then the Court of Protection can order your early dispatch from this mortal coil.
Chilling is it not?