Test­ing time for state pow­ers

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir, – The head­ing “Phi­los­o­phy is Ques­tion­able” to the Richard Lu­cas let­ter (Courier, Septem­ber 11) could not be more apt in point­ing to the dan­gers to fam­ily free­dom in­her­ent in the SNP’S de­ter­mi­na­tion to sub­mit five-year-olds to at­tain­ment tests.

The phi­los­o­phy has a name – Statism – which de­scribes the po­lit­i­cal view of Ben­ito Mus­solini.

It was he who also iron­i­cally cre­ated the term “to­tal­i­tar­ian”, not in­tend­ing the neg­a­tive mean­ing that now prevails but to ex­plain that all ci­ti­zens be­longed to, and would be cared for, by the state – in­clud­ing chil­dren.

Has the SNP taken a leaf or two out of Il Duce’s notebook? An­drew Lawson. Maclaren Gar­dens, Dundee.

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