Testing time for state powers
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.