Massie: Named person like “Mao’s China”

Leading Scots journalist and author, Allan Massie, has heavily criticised the Scottish Government for their named person policy in a recent news article.

Writing in The Mail on Sunday (8 Feb) Mr Massie says that the policy “hits at the autonomy of the family” and goes on to say:

“This is, of course, dressed up as a means of providing protection for vulnerable children and young people. Who, they say, could possibly object to this? The answer is anyone who believes parents are better judges of their children’s interest than the state or social workers.

“The SNP claims parents and children have asked for these guardians but, for me, the assumption is clear: parents can’t be trusted and children belong not to their parents but to the state, just as in Mao’s China.”