Drunk child never stood a chance
Hand wringing and hysteria galore seems to be the issue de jour response to the 9-yea- old boy found drunk in a Hamilton skate park. Look, it’s not rocket science. An unsupervised Maori child under a Family Court Parenting Order to live with his mother gains access to alcohol in a public place, and gets wasted. The local MP’s and handful of ‘‘useful idiot’’ commentators, not wishing to offend cultural sensibilities, despite everyone being slapped into reality by the online footage, instead shoot the messenger, citing ‘‘privacy concerns’’ for the child. The police do nothing, and CYF ‘‘support’’ the mother.
We live in a political age where the goal is not to fix problems, but simply to observe them, nod sagely, re-direct attention away from cause and on to distraction, and then go about ones business. This child didn’t stand a chance for any meaningful intervention within such a disengaged and cowardly environment – and neither will the next one.
S Taylor Auckland