Each citizen would then be completely independent of his fellow men, and absolutely dependent upon the state . . . for it is only by the force of the state that the liberty of its members can be securedRousseau would also have approved Lord Laming's crackpot view that
.. the state should become a responsible and effective parent to more childrenAnd would cheer Labour's efforts to exclude any but State servants from any contact with or influence upon the nation's children.
The 'strike' by all of our most popular children's authors against the State requirement to license them before they can talk to groups of children in schools will be applauded by the rest of us. Anthony Horowitz in the Independent and Philip Pullman elsewhere both excoriate this inane measure from Labour's Leviathan State.
It is written "It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones."
The offence to our little ones comes not only from deviants, but from the zeal of a State that destroys childhood, and I would reserve a very large and very heavy millstone for the Children's Secretary this morning.