Tuesday, 30 August 2011

...and a telling whine from Toynbee

Despite all the evidence that throwing money at the poor is about an effective a strategy to encourage social mobility as giving knighthoods to burglars, Toynbee still can't quite shake out of her vacuous head that either a  redistribution of wealth or the total control by the State of everyone's life are the panacea to all ills. 


Forget the rest of the faux-reasoned gumph in this morning's column; the telling whine comes in the two sentences
"Usha Goswami, a Cambridge University neuroscientist, explains how much the first year of life shapes the brain, babies thriving according to the love, language, empathy and intellectual stimulation they receive. All parties now talk about the importance of early years, yet we invest least in the youngest."
And here is the disconnected rationale of the unrepentant left. I've got no problem at all with the first sentence; we all know that parents (preferably two) who read and talk to their infants, who play with them, stimulate them and hold them are more likely to produce future citizens who achieve academically, are healthier, wealthier, wiser and less likely to go to prison. No problem. But the State can have no role here at all unless it's to teach parenting and encourage biological fathers to stay with their offspring in the early years of life - how the hell does 'investing' in under-ones do anything at all to help? The woman's clearly off her rocker and has lost even the fundamental ability to rationally connect two discrete observations. Off to Tuscany with her.  

9 comments:

Sean said...

The State is her religion.

formertory said...

It's all a big lead-up to her piece on R4 during the next few days about how the children of those on the lowest rungs of the social ladder are already disadvantaged by the age of 22 months; cue much hand-wringing and earnest entreaties for the State to take over.

Anonymous said...

Typical Lady Toynbee guff.

Coney Island

Anonymous said...

Isn't this just vintage Pollybabble?

Gushing guff, rambling sentences, convoluted illogical rumination and all the time the subtext is; "what I'm writing here refutes every ounce of common sense and rationale - that I possess and know to be true - kids grow up and well if they are loved by two caring, loving parents."

Toynbee; confused, duplicitous and barefaced liar.
What a good Socialist she is.

Budgie said...

She is actually worse than indicated above. What "invest" means in Toynbee's vocabulary is state interference.

This is the same state that went in for the fashionable statist nostrums of "child centred learning"; "whole word" reading; and refusing to teach times tables.

Having ruined the parents education, she now wants to ruin the infants even before they get to school.

DP111 said...

Absent fathers have been demonised no end. Yet it is the state with its comprehensive safety net of Benefits, that has led to this development. Absent fathers are not absent, they are really "discarded" fathers, discarded because the state made them so. We have now have a huge number of young men who have no stake in the family, and thus society. And for anyone who thinks that the violent aggression of large numbers of young men can be suppressed by the state, they better think again.

A natural consequence of the Welfare state, among others, is that over time, politicians and the general public have drifted apart - politics and policy are unimportant for the state will always provide, so what is the use of politicians. It has now come to pass that people hold MPs in contempt, and there is an "us and them" mentality. What started out as a safety net, i.e., the Welfare system, a well intentioned policy, has not only created a myriad of ills manifest in the breakdown of society, education (what is the point of studying for a useful skill) and rootlessness( lack of community spirit), attraction of Welfare scroungers from across the world, but has also led to a society that has created a rift between our representatives and us.

In the US, the Tea party recognises that a comprehensive NHS style health care, is the first step towards the many societal ills that our now in the UK. That is why the Leftists hate the Tea party with such vehemence.

We as a nation have to come out of the addiction to the Welfare state. And just like treatment for drug addicts, it has to be done slowly, or else the counter-revolution will embed it even deeper into the national psyche.

Anonymous said...

it's staggering her ability to see cuase and effect.

Incentivise fuckwhits to have kids they don't really want simply as a source of income...

and then be amazed as those kids aren't brought up in a loving caring environment but are instead perceived as a "necessary evil" in the pursuit of a benefits bundle...

And lo and behold the kids as fucked before they hit the age of two...

Gallovidian said...

Never turned a sod or made a nail any of these people. They are just as much parasites as those who choose to live on benefit.

DP111 said...

Toynbee - the Tuscan Trot, as the Biassed BBC tags her..