Raging shock as ‘the powers that be’ increasingly run out of control

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

It was good intentions that saw healthcare professionals raise concerns about the food that some children were being given in their packed lunches.  It was good intentions that saw education professionals say they should therefore advise parents what a balanced packed lunch should contain.  It was good intentions that then saw education and healthcare professionals unite to dictate what food and drink should be in the child’s packed lunch, or else there would be consequences.  As surely as night follows day it was a certainty that these good intentions would be hijacked and transformed into an agenda to wield control over other people.

Two weeks ago a local news story from Dagenham, east London showed this control agenda in action and running into some scattergun resistance from confused and frustrated parents.  A water-only policy for the drink in a packed lunch has clashed with some parents’ desire to put sugar-free squash in the lunch instead, due to their young children – just fancy – not liking the taste of water.  It turns out the school has made an application for the London Healthy Schools Award, hence its zealous dietary restrictions.  The actions of the school have prompted some parents to keep their children off school, affecting what passes for an education there.

In fact, it is the desperation of Valence Primary School to achieve that award, that has seen staff have been removing drink cartons from children and throwing them away, and pouring out drink from containers to check the colour of the contents.  The school’s headteacher, Elizabeth Chaplin, said that the school had a policy where midday supervisors disposed of half-empty drinks and yoghurt pots to prevent spillages in lunchboxes, which makes things sound inocuous enough, until she goes on to say that children who were questioned over their drink contents were “more than happy to confirm or demonstrate the water content”.  The few reactions to the story from those of an authoritarian bias, prompted me to leave this response:

This local example of the powers that be running out of control has now been added to by a national story from the Daily Mail.  That paper reports that Colnbrook C of E Primary School near Slough, has suspended a six-year-old child because his parents refused to stop putting a pack of Mini Cheddars in his packed lunch, in contravention of their ‘healthy eating’ policy.  This follows a letter sent to all parents in mid January which included the following:

Chocolate, sweets, crisps and fizzy drinks are not allowed.

If your child’s lunchbox is unhealthy and unbalanced they will be provided with a school lunch for which you will be charged.

To be picky, Mini Cheddars arguably do not fall into the list of prohibited foods.  But regardless, such behaviour by this and other schools is another example of the machinations of the state taking ownership for the raising of children and imposition of constraints on parents.  That is unacceptable.

The state’s agents are out of control.  And as for the lack of perspective, for the sake of a cheesy biscuit snack comprising a small part of a child’s diet, that child is having his education, such as it is, adversely affected because the school wants to assert power over his parents.  This is more than wrong, it is perverse.  It would be wrong to describe this as the nanny state, nannies tend to be kind and affectionate rather than power crazed obsessives who abuse their positions to pursue an agenda set down by those who believe they know best and everyone has to fall into line with their viewpoint.  It’s time for parents to shake off their fear of officialdom and take back control of the raising of their children.

23 Responses to “Raging shock as ‘the powers that be’ increasingly run out of control”

  1. 1 tallbloke 02/02/2014 at 12:56 am

    With you on this one AM.
    Parents need to stand up together on this.
    Mini cheddars are ace.

  2. 2 Andy Baxter 02/02/2014 at 1:48 am

    Truly Orwellian…….and the tentacles of control grow insidiously day by day…..but what astounds me, and truly confounds me is the willingness, nay even the zealotry of the ‘agents’ of the State (Police, PCSO’s, Teachers, Council employee’s in fact almost anyone employed by the State) in enforcing such control…..

    I’m always left asking…….WHY?

  3. 3 1957chev 02/02/2014 at 3:44 am

    If we don’t put a stop to this nonsense, we will be living in a police state, very soon. No freedom whatsoever!

  4. 4 theboilingfrog 02/02/2014 at 8:24 am

    Though we do have examples of parents fighting back against this nonsense


  5. 5 The Sage 02/02/2014 at 9:22 am

    These the the sort of people that explain how come there were no problems staffing extermination camps.

  6. 6 wj (@wj557) 02/02/2014 at 9:33 am

    A huge part of our public bodies have now become our enemies.

    I’d like to think that this was a recent Common Purpose induced development but…..


  7. 7 tallbloke 02/02/2014 at 9:59 am

    This is really about training the young to accept authority, even when it is illogical and ridiculous. Rise up!

  8. 8 Mark B 02/02/2014 at 11:08 am

    Rules maybe rules but, the law is the law. And the law of the land says, that if you deprive an owner of their rightful property, that is THEFT !

    Yes, they may ask parents’ not to give children certain food’s for various reason’s, but they have no right to deprive them of them. We are talking about sustenance here, not whether someone is wearing their tie the right way.

    What this is, is state sanctioned conditioning of the very young to accept authority as already stated above and, to impose the will of the state regarding ‘ownership’ and control. Welfare being one such tool in the States arsenal.

    The State and the ‘system’ needs dismantling.

  9. 9 roobeedoo2 02/02/2014 at 11:26 am

    I’m coming to the conclusion that the State is suffering from a form of paedophilia: ‘loves’ children beyond reason (check), manipulative and deceitful (check), someone gets f*cked against their will …

  10. 10 Derek Buxton 02/02/2014 at 11:31 am

    It all sounds very illegal, stealing private property…..by teachers! What a lesson the children are learning!! Now we know why there are so many crimes committed.

  11. 11 Flyinthesky 02/02/2014 at 12:53 pm

    The reality is we have allowed most of our services to become authorities.
    The demon sugar, the demon fat the demon salt.
    The biggest problem with childrens diets is too few people know how to cook and another large faction that can’t be bothered.
    We are in a race to the bottom with food, it’s nearly all made to a price not to a standard, people have delegated the responsibility to nourish their children to manufacturers whos prime concern is the balance sheet.
    Perhaps the obesity problem is down to having to eat twice as much rubbish with it’s included chemicals and fillers to get the basic nutritional requirement.

  12. 12 John 02/02/2014 at 1:27 pm

    We are increasingly having our choices removed. All in the pursuit of ‘Its good for you’ We must fight back, be sceptical & not accept these people taking our choices away.
    – Nationalisation of children has not worked out well

  13. 13 Flyinthesky 02/02/2014 at 1:58 pm

    “Nationalisation of children has not worked out well”
    Indeed, one wouldn’t mind so much if they were any good at it.

  14. 14 Pogle's Woodsman 02/02/2014 at 4:21 pm

    I would suggest that parents of children at that school permit themselves to take it upon themselves to march into the homes of teachers who are applying to this practice and conduct a good search of their cupboards, fridges and freezers, removing all articles which would not fit within the school’s guidelines?

  15. 15 JohnR 02/02/2014 at 4:23 pm

    My g/kids have the same problem.
    Water but not squash….solved by the majority of parents sending them with flavoured mineral water…..one hissy fit later, the school gave in. Not much choice really, since the parents went there and asked for their purloined water bottles back.
    However, you really need to be careful, because if educational welfare [AKA, school gestapo] gets involved then things go downhill very rapidly.
    Note that your children can be ¨interviewed¨ without parent or guardian present, their rights are safeguarded by someone being present to look after them…a teacher of edu welfare officer.
    Of course, it is ILLEGAL for your child to not attend school, the period of non-attendance is irrelevant, and IF you are taken to court for that then a not guilty plea is NOT possible since if your child did not attend you are guilty. Been there, been done by that.

  16. 16 theboilingfrog 02/02/2014 at 4:36 pm


    “You must make sure your child gets a full-time education that meets their needs (eg if they have special educational needs). You can send your child to school or educate them yourself.”

    “You can teach your child at home, full or part-time (‘home schooling’) – but tell the school and your local council if you’re taking them out of school.”



  17. 17 Dave 02/02/2014 at 7:39 pm

    Seriously? SERIOUSLY? You mean there are no reports of parents telling the school to FCUK RIGHT OFF? Sorry, even in today’s sheeple society there MUST be parents who feel as angry and disgusted as I would (do) and who protest in the most vocal way? Are these reports being supressed in an effort to maintain the overall illusion that ‘all is going to plan’?
    Seriously? They can FCUK RIGHT OFF.

  18. 19 Adam West 04/02/2014 at 4:26 pm

    Stealing food and drink from small children. This is no different to how a bully behaves.

  19. 20 Brian H 06/02/2014 at 5:39 am

    Considering the physics of that cartoon, the last 1 or 2 off the board are likely to get launched into the air, probably coming down over the cliff edge. The speaker will have preceded them by several seconds, of course.

  20. 21 Andrew Duffin 06/02/2014 at 10:23 am

    “It’s time for parents to shake off their fear of officialdom and take back control of the raising of their children.”


    And now we learn (yesterday’s Telegraph) that there are plans for children to start nursery school as early as age two.

    Two! They are still babies!

    Well yes, that is exactly what the State wants; what was it the Jesuits used to say? “Give me the child to age 7, and I will have the man”? Or words to that effect.

    By the time these children reach adolescence they will love the BBC, love the NHS, believe fervently in Global Warming, appreciate all the evils of Western thought and culture, and be all ready to inform on their parents when the call comes.

    The State is not your friend.

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