FRINGE parties get their publicity from jumping on bandwagons.
They don’t much care who’s riding alongside them.
The Tories , despite delusions of grandeur brought on by occasional forays north by David Cameron, are a minor fringe party in Scotland.
This lowly status makes them irresponsible attention seekers.
Their misrepresentation of modest measures to protect children , now dubbed the “named person” legislation, is particularly reckless.
If I asked you if a health visitor or school head teacher or guidance teacher should safeguard the
wellbeing of the children in their care, I imagine 99 per cent of you would agree.
If I suggested the teacher or health visitor should share concerns about a child’s wellbeing with other professionals – and vice versa – you would see that as common sense.
And if the child or their parents need help and support, they should have a point of contact – a teacher or health visitor seems sensible.
This, in simple language, is the “named person” legislation .
Read the rest of my column here.