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Tony Blair’s plans to take “pre-birth” action for our children

Issue No. 2017

Under Tony Blair the New Labour government has criminalised whole layers of society. The introduction of anti-social behaviour orders is one of the worst examples of this.

Now he wants to stigmatise people before they are even born, saying he is ready to take “pre-birth” action.

Blair said, “If we are not prepared to predict and intervene far more early, children are going to grow up in families that we know perfectly well are completely dysfunctional.”

He singled out lone mothers, a group already used as scapegoats by the right wing media, saying, “If you’ve got someone who is a teenage mum, not married,” then you should have an eye kept on you because you were the “type” to cause problems, and have “dysfunctional” children.

Miriam Poole is a social worker in Leicester. She told Socialist Worker, “It is absolutely disgusting that Blair can talk about punishing people before they are even born. Who is he to say that some people will make good parents and others won’t?

“Young people have been sold short by this government in every aspect of their lives.

“It is not bad parenting or single mothers that are causing problems for children today. It is a government that has overseen a widening gap between rich and poor, in terms of health, education and even life expectancy.”

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Sat 9 Sep 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2017
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