NO2NP Roadshow: Cupar highlights

Some people had traveled a considerable distance to attend the latest NO2NP Roadshow at Elmwood Golf Club in Cupar last night, on the eve of our judicial review appeal to the Inner House of the Court of Session.

Read about the Roadshow in the Courier: Bid for state guardians draws fire in Fife

After Abertay University lecturer Dr Stuart Waiton opened the meeting, local MSP Liz Smith spoke of her two fundamental objections to the scheme. She said it undermined the excellent job the vast majority of parents are doing in Scotland and it ran the real risk of diverting funds away from the vulnerable children who really need them. The state is giving the impression that they know more about how to bring up children than parents do. Liz also said that she was certain that if the public were to be a given a referendum on the scheme, it would be thrown out.

Lesley Scott of TYMES Trust told those gathered about a recent article in the Fife Courier, where assurances had been given about the Named Person scheme in a local area it was already operating in. Lesley had followed that up to find out exactly how the Named Person was operating in Fife, and she was told that consent was not being sought from parents or children regarding the sharing of information about these children, if the Named Person felt it was appropriate. Lesley finished by saying that the fact that Fife Council could not appreciate that the scheme is actually the imposition of a service on families, rather than access to services for families, should ring alarm bells for us all.

There was the usual lively Q&A, with people questioning why Named Persons felt they were morally superior to parents and asking how much it was going to cost local authorities.

If you live in the Galashiels area and are free next Thursday, 11th June, why not come along to the Kingsknowes Hotel at 7.30pm to hear what’s happening with the campaign – and why not invite your friends too?