'Prove You're Not A Paedo' screams the headline in The Sun today, a brutal yet concise summing up of the absurd situation that has been allowed to develop in Watford as the council seeks to ban parents from their adventure playgrounds on the grounds that they cannot be trusted with their own children.
This state of affairs would be laughable if it wasn't so malignant. The very fabric of our society is being ripped apart under a sustained assault on our right to live our lives as we see fit with as little state intrusion as possible. The plain fact of the matter is the state does not agree with us, it wants our compliance and our control. To be good citizens we must adhere to the rules and laws that the state sets out for us. Common sense is gone, burnt on the same funeral pyre that is consuming our civil liberties and right to privacy.
I can't help wondering though how many of those parents complaining this morning voted Labour or Lib Dem at the last election, national or local? For all their complaining, I am sad to say that those parents in Watford who voted for either of the two leftist parties are just as culpable for this travesty as Dorothy Thornhill (pictured), the Lib Dem Mayor of Watford who has defended the decision, and the council officials who decided to push this through. Those parents only have themselves to blame. Unfortunately, I have a sad feeling that many of them will not learn their lesson. And before they know it, it will be too late.
And it certainly blows a hole in any claims the Lib Dems may make about being the party of 'civil liberties'. If this is what it's like to live under a Lib Dem controlled council as Watford is, imagine the damage they'd do if put in charge of the country. Labour and the Lib Dems, two cheeks of the same arse!