Sunday, 20 March 2016

Nicola`s on the hook

just say no
"NICOLA Sturgeon has been accused of misleading the public about the controversial move to appoint a state guardian to every child in the country."

"The First Minister gave an online interview to BBC Scotland's political editor Brian Taylor to mark last weekend's SNP conference in Glasgow."

"In it, she claimed that Named Persons were `not mandatory` and agreed with Mr Taylor when he suggested that "parents can say no".

"In fact, parents cannot opt out and it is the mandatory nature of the scheme which has prompted such furious opposition from a growing number of voters."

"Simon Calvert, from the No To Named Person campaign which is spearheading a court battle against the legislation, said: "If the First Minister thinks this scheme is not mandatory then she has been very badly misled by her advisers."

"When she realises how inaccurate the advice from officials has been I imagine heads will roll. They've made her look very silly because she may be the only person in Scotland who doesn't know that the Named Person scheme contains no opt outs, and no provision for parental consent. It is, on any ordinary understanding of the word, mandatory."

" `Given how unpopular the scheme is, it is highly convenient for the First Minister to say it's not compulsory. Sadly it just doesn't happen to be true.` "

"The Government's own QC told the Court of Session there is no opt out in the legislation and explained that to include one would defeat the purpose of the whole scheme."

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