Drunk child never stood a chance

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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

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