Suf­fer the lit­tle chil­dren

The Courier-Mail - - LETTERS -

WHY do politi­cians with forced, inane grins on their faces, in­sist upon be­ing pho­tographed with chil­dren in kinder­gartens, schools and hospi­tals dur­ing elec­tion cam­paigns?

What do these im­ages con­jure up in the eyes of the be­holder; that politi­cians love chil­dren, that they value the opin­ions of chil­dren per­haps?

Chil­dren do not vote, their par­ents who strug­gle with the costs of liv­ing vote. So why then ac­cost the chil­dren?

It is great when celebri­ties such as movie stars or sports per­son­al­i­ties visit sick chil­dren in hos­pi­tal.

The chil­dren, who, in many cases, ac­tu­ally know who their vis­i­tors are, are ex­cited about these vis­its, which are valu­able dis­trac­tions from their ail­ments.

But strangers who are politi­cians on the hunt to sim­ply feather their own nests?

Shouldn’t we in fact spare chil­dren from the in­dig­ni­ties im­posed upon them by com­plete strangers dur­ing elec­tions? Crispin Walters, Chapel Hill

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