The government has the right to intervene in family life because there are social implications in the way parents bring up their children, one of Tony Blair's closest allies said yesterday.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Margaret Hodge, the children's minister, said the state had always influenced young people's lives through schools and she wanted to extend that influence to the home.
..The NHS had to deal with the implications of mothers who feed their children an unhealthy diet
I think we can all see where this is going - Hodge also revealed yesterday that:
Scotsman.com News - UK - Nursery children do better in class
CHILDREN whose parents enrol them in nursery classes do better at primary school than those who stay at home, according to research published yesterday. and one commentator said on the radio that the reason, and it was a positive reason in her view, was that the children were more used to the "schooling institutions" - in other words they were instituionalised and more compliant. I'm not sure that is a great recommendation...
And for the foul Hodge's background see: An Englishman's Castle: Burn Her! - quite right.