New children's commissioner pledges to 'rebuild' childhood
16/03/2021 | news | education | 497
Dame Rachel de Souza wants help for children after the pandemic to be like post-war reconstruction.
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16/03/2021 10:31:06 197 10
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Am I the only person who is fed up with people who have never been in a war or even visited a war zone comparing the pandemic to a war? These comparisons are ridiculous and self-dramatising nonsense. Yes there are some problems and challenges as a result of the pandemic but to compare it to reconstruction after the wholesale destruction of life and infrastructure of WW2 is insulting.
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16/03/2021 10:45:43 56 12
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Do you mean playing Fortnite or Minecraft all day for months isn't like a real war?!
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16/03/2021 11:02:48 19 1
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Any comparison with war is purely the financial and social costs of closing down everything. You could at least have a pint during WW2.
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16/03/2021 11:05:40 23 29
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Agreed. It's like Brexiters who would argue "we won WW2, we'll survive Brexit" as if the 2 things are vaguely comparable.
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16/03/2021 11:13:29 4 12
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Technically at a cellular level it is a war between your body and what can be described as a parasite, you are being invaded and your body mounts an immunological defence against that invasion. If you could see it happening at the microscopic level Matrix style in real time I should imagine it very much looks like a war zone.
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16/03/2021 11:15:26 35 2
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You are not the only person by any means.

The same thing goes for "mental health". I am glad to see that mental health is finally getting the attention it needs.

But there are many people declaring they are "struggling with their mental health" when in reality they are simply disappointed about something. These people are trivializing the problems people with genuine medical concerns face.
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16/03/2021 11:40:50 0 8
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We are all veterans of the war on Christmas amirite?
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16/03/2021 11:46:50 2 11
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Except none compared the pandemic to a war, just you.
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16/03/2021 11:48:55 2 16
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Well the aftermath of WW2 is all the legacy that the UK has left and talking about the war riles up older generations that the conservatives depend on for votes.
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16/03/2021 12:25:28 0 0
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Agree wholeheartedly.
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16/03/2021 12:28:41 2 0
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Children had a mixed experience during WW2. Many were separated from their parents by evacuation and had mixed experiences whilst others life went on pretty much as usual. Adults on the whole had far more freedom than we have had for the last year. Rationing meant food shortage, but improved health.
Able bodied had more employment than before the war.
So for many the pandemic worse than the war.
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16/03/2021 12:45:34 0 0
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I was about to post the same after reading the article. Yes, absolutely.
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16/03/2021 16:10:27 2 1
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It's a bit like the outcry about 'Austerity' isn't it?
I lived in the real Austerity in a ruined country; could many of todays handwringers have coped without counselling?
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17/03/2021 12:42:16 0 0
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Ignorant jingoism is the UK staple. Sad but true - ask murdoch.
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17/03/2021 13:49:16 0 0
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It suite the right to hype their false success.
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16/03/2021 10:31:38 70 16
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Oh here we go again, another tzar just like the multitude before. Get the parents off booze, drugs and gambling. They need to take responsibility. Giving them more and more like free meals just means they take even less interest in their childlings.
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16/03/2021 11:55:40 9 9
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How would you achieve that? Would you support a ban on the insane level of adverts for gambling, put up the price of booze and fund social care properly so that intervention for children of addicts get help early, or is that all too 'Nanny State' for everyone on this comments page?
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16/03/2021 11:58:00 3 9
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Supporting marriage and nuclear families
will go a long way to fix the deteriorating mental health of millennials' offspring
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16/03/2021 12:00:35 2 0
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That's right chap, time for you to get off the booze, drugs and gambling and go parent your kids.
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16/03/2021 14:00:23 1 0
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Why do you support advertising of gambling, advertising and provision of cheap alcohol? Advertising that works by using subtle means of manipulating people's minds?
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16/03/2021 10:33:02 62 19
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Think her biggest fight will be with the woke left who do not seem to want to let kids be kids and explore the world at their own pace and in their own way.

Instead of learning my curiosity and play it just seem to a forced indoctrinating of woke ideals
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16/03/2021 11:18:36 19 36
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Yawn... lets crowbar woke/left/indoctrination into a topic....
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16/03/2021 12:01:53 2 8
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Not sure you know what woke means there eh fella. Bit of equality for all is really harming the young-uns prospects.....
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16/03/2021 14:01:54 1 3
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On the contrary, it is precisely the woke left that favours this. But also they want everyone to have access to education and training.
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16/03/2021 10:29:47 4 3
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How is 'poverty' defined?
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16/03/2021 10:47:08 5 1
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If you are the BBC's mates at the Resolution Foundation it includes consideration of handheld blenders and baby sitting.

I wish I was exaggerating.
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16/03/2021 10:33:42 148 8
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"Rebuilding childhood" they said - and not a word about chasing each other round a park and climbing trees and getting dirty and scuffing their knees; no, it's all about getting GCSEs.
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16/03/2021 11:07:54 73 14
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Generally as soon as they start chasing each other round a park and climbing trees and getting dirty, someone comes along and tells them to stop. Then, when they do stop and play on their phones or games consoles instead, the same people say they need to put down their devices and get outdoors. Whatever they do, they're criticised.
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16/03/2021 11:36:27 5 5
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Absolutely. The last thing the children need is the intervention of these idiots - the policy needs to be for the tory bullies to back right off and let the children be children after months and months of treating them like battery hens cooped up indoors. Let them out to play and furnish the libraries with a more generous stock of free books for them and much longer opening hours.
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16/03/2021 11:47:56 0 0
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No it's not, that's not what was said. Just you.
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16/03/2021 13:08:47 4 0
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That sounds like me when i was a child and i will tell you now it never did me any good. I played football pretty much morning til night and left school with an awful education and struggled ever since. It would have been easier for me to make a living from crime rather than struggle by all these years the way i have. Education is important and the sooner the majority realise the better.
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16/03/2021 13:31:14 2 0
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London for eg needs many, many more large parks that at least mimic nature, where children can play properly.
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16/03/2021 14:03:09 1 0
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Whatever 'rebuilding childhood' means. Beam me up Scottie.
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17/03/2021 10:06:18 0 0
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Have children (and adults) got enough access to fresh air, open space and nature? I don’t think so. Private property has more rights than children do. Except in Scotland.
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16/03/2021 10:34:40 36 8
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What a load of rubbish. Anyone who rises to a senior position like this has no idea what problems most children face. Just another virtue signalling title.
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16/03/2021 12:23:04 3 4
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I am sure that she has more idea than a lot of people, in her previous job to do with schools, including Great Yarmouth, not an area of wealthy privilege.
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16/03/2021 14:18:09 0 1
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Vote getter.
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16/03/2021 10:36:30 8 1
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Why am I sceptical ?
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16/03/2021 10:36:45 4 5
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'...rebuild childhood...'
Perhaps we can curtail it too and move away from the perpetual adolescence of some.
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16/03/2021 10:37:12 2 12
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My parents lived nearby while sons were young, now families are kept apart by Covid and grandparent role is more limited. No calls for toddler-sitting at a moment's notice, no chance for young parents to take time out together. We aren't even in the same country and neither are the other grandparents. Add furlough insecurity and young parents need lots of support and reassurance, not just kids.
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16/03/2021 11:28:40 4 0
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Oh please ....
let’s nanny everyone shall we from birth through to death?
If young parents “need lots of support”, perhaps they shouldn’t be parents?
They need to grow a backbone and grow up!
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16/03/2021 10:37:26 5 4
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Didn't Labour's Shadow Education Secretary Kate Green offer any constructive proposals? Or any other party for that matter? Where's the healthy debate about the article from the stakeholders?
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16/03/2021 10:37:29 21 10
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How does she intend to do that? How can she give back all the milestones, the life events, the fun and excitement they've been forced to miss?

Nice little soundbite, but completely meaningless.
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16/03/2021 11:42:32 0 1
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Yup. They're the problem. They can't be the solution.
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16/03/2021 10:31:13 32 2
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"The new children's commissioner is launching what is claimed to be England's biggest survey of children - the "Big Ask" - which will gather children's views on the impact of the pandemic..."

What could possibly go wrong?
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16/03/2021 10:37:51 185 16
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Firstly need to get some parents just to take responsibility for their own offspring. It is not the governments or schools responsibility to bring your kids up, it is the yours.

There is rightly support where needed, but the buck stops with parents.
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16/03/2021 11:25:03 106 9
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Well said! At the time I read this post it is 40+ve votes : 4-ve votes. That is 10:1 agreeing parental responsibility is key & not relying on the govt. / teachers etc.

So how come when I watch the news (& not just the BBC) there is a never-ending stream of do-gooders criticizing the govt. for not doing the parent's jobs for them & very few voices given the same airtime with contrasting views?
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16/03/2021 11:30:40 20 32
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So in summary you're saying that if a child has bad parents - tough
It's not anyone else's problem.

What then happens when these disadvantaged children grow up?
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16/03/2021 11:45:24 13 9
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but successive governments have removed this responsibility from parents, thinking they were helping, where in fact the opposite is true, we have made it worse, parents no longer are allowed responsibility for their children, the government is there picking up the pieces
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16/03/2021 11:46:24 18 4
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Stage 1 - We provide a welfare state, safety net for those in dire need. GOOD
Stage 2 - Some people make life choices based on welfare availability. OKAY'ish
Stage 3 - We can't stigmatise those in stage 2. MMMM
Stage 4 - People get very savvy at exploiting welfare system. NOT GOOD
Stage 5 - Welfare attitude and consumerism combine and it's now a right, and the squeaky wheel gets the oil.
Stage 6 ?
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16/03/2021 11:47:29 4 15
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Wow, caring and sharing of you.
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16/03/2021 11:52:14 18 6
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Well spoken ! Where was Marcus Radford's father when he was growing up without enough to eat ?
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16/03/2021 12:31:46 3 2
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Remove state schools. Put the responsibilities on the parents where they only belong. Do gooders who want to interfere, socially engineer, can run charity help with their own cash. Parents feed children their responsibility. Parents clothe children their responsibility. Parents dump children on the state rather than educate them. Not acceptable.
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16/03/2021 12:37:04 4 2
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Only some parents have the skills to teach their children at home. Some cannot afford the tech for online schooling. Many are trying to work from home full-time themselves, in small crowded homes, while one or more children are learning online - sometimes with only one laptop between them.
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16/03/2021 10:38:17 30 1
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New children's commissioner versus social media. Only one winner there.
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16/03/2021 10:57:46 47 4
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Social media is the biggest force for evil ever invented, detrimental to everyone with little or no positives. If the Government are truly interested in improving a childs life they could do a lot worse than ban social media. Even banning anonymity online would be a great start, you want to say something controversial? Fine, your photo and real name should be visible.
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16/03/2021 10:38:57 5 4
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Very ambitious.

If we can make an impact on poverty, low educational achievement, poor housing, job insecurity, low pay, addiction, unsafe streets....

... and support families all at the same time.

It'll be easy.
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16/03/2021 10:39:23 103 5
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We built dens, built rafts, went camping, played tag etc etc.

Children now are so confused whether they are this or that.

Please let them enjoy their childhood- if they do they are much more likely to succeed and their mental health will be much improved!.
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16/03/2021 10:50:14 15 104
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Times have moved on since 1940
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16/03/2021 11:15:19 26 3
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Must be loads of engineers who started out by damming a stream, creating a go-cart from a pram or an underground bunker from a few bits of corrugated iron and sand bags - no imagination these days its been superseded by a Z Box or whatevs.
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16/03/2021 11:36:11 3 20
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Don't forget got touched by adults and told to be seen and not heard.

Time to take those rose tinted glasses off methinks.
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16/03/2021 10:39:51 31 3
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Everyone has suffered due to the pandemic, and a competition for who it has affected worst is not helpful.

Every part of society is going to want, and probably be able to justify, having more money spent on it. But resources are finite.
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16/03/2021 10:40:04 111 23
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Where is the parental responsibility in all this? I'm heartily sick of paying for other people's children throughout their lives. Why are they having kids if they can't pay for them, teach them basic morals or guide them in life. We should not promote a 'nanny state'.
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16/03/2021 11:32:53 31 37
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Really? So all the people who were in decent jobs and financially stable deciding to have kids some years ago don’t deserve help when a global pandemic ripped through the economy? Don’t call people bad parents for not being able to predict the future (not even a parent myself, just capable of common sense)
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16/03/2021 11:51:17 4 12
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Another one pulling up the draw bridge. What is it worth old people these days, so uncaring and selfish.
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16/03/2021 11:58:13 4 4
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You aren't Aggy. But maybe you would like to come front and centre for the campaign for a living wage for all. Because until we pay wages that cover the cost of living in this country, WORKING FAMILIES need to claim UC. Maybe we could rephrase nanny state as "state that doesn't deny children opportunities because some adults don't like the life choices the parents make".
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16/03/2021 12:20:50 2 10
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Full of spite. I'll bet you've had more luck getting where you are than you realize.
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16/03/2021 13:35:51 1 2
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Those children will probably end up working to support the needs of people like you when you are elderly. Not all childless people are wealthy, you know.
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16/03/2021 10:41:07 5 1
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Hopefully play groups will come back. Many pre school children haven't socialised with their peers properly for a year now
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16/03/2021 10:41:14 105 31
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Free school meals...more Universal Credit blah blah blah. When will this government and the other parties realise that all these free handouts are pretty much what has destroyed this country. It just fuels the sense of entitlement and takes away personal responsibilities. The more they give, the more people want. I despair.
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16/03/2021 11:12:09 40 11
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What is next. My kids haven't got a winter coat, that's OK the government (tax payers) will supply. Why not let the the tax payer pay for everything. Bet free school meals for all during the summer holidays.
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16/03/2021 11:40:11 9 7
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Your point would be a valid one if there were more jobs available that paid a decent living wage.

It's not like when I was a kid and you could buy a house or get a decent council place.

Now it's either you've got money or you rely on some government support. The gap between the haves/ have nots is too big.
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16/03/2021 11:50:02 4 11
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So caring of you.
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16/03/2021 11:55:10 4 9
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When will people like you realise that a child shouldn't go hungry because another adult doesn't like his/her parents choices. Think about what you are SAYING. Hungry children don't learn well. Therefore your attitude is to deprive children who are already disadvantaged and to undermine their abilities by saying they shouldn't be fed and clothed. Do you want to rethink that.
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16/03/2021 12:23:03 3 3
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No it was the collapse of the sub prime bank lending in 2008 that caused our current problems plus un fettered exploitation of workers in the gig economy and the dodging of taxes by multi national corporations
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16/03/2021 13:47:41 2 1
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They give as little as possible, and ensure that employers can just pay gig workers, not offer proper jobs, so people have no reliable income, cannot afford a roof over their head or food for the week, have to work when ill. Employers with the greatest sense of entitlement you will ever come across.
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16/03/2021 10:41:33 14 8
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Rebuild their childhood! It's only been a year!
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16/03/2021 10:57:21 0 8
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A quarter of a four year old's life.
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16/03/2021 10:45:36 16 2
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Dame Rachel de Souza invoking post WW2 comparisons is absurd - can see the huge debt and profiteer spivs but where are the bombed buildings? the broken infrastructure? and rationing? do me a favour - should be a doddle by comparison. No! what you need now children, is Lederhosen, Hiking and "Tomorrow Belongs To Us"!
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16/03/2021 11:16:49 8 1
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Bring back rationing, I don't remember many overweight kids then, and they were fitter.
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16/03/2021 11:41:57 0 2
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My seven year old niece is terrified to go outside because of the state indoctrination that has caused a fear of viruses and other people rather than because of bombs and gas.
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16/03/2021 10:31:06 197 10
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Am I the only person who is fed up with people who have never been in a war or even visited a war zone comparing the pandemic to a war? These comparisons are ridiculous and self-dramatising nonsense. Yes there are some problems and challenges as a result of the pandemic but to compare it to reconstruction after the wholesale destruction of life and infrastructure of WW2 is insulting.
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16/03/2021 10:45:43 56 12
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Do you mean playing Fortnite or Minecraft all day for months isn't like a real war?!
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16/03/2021 12:24:40 1 2
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Some children might benefit more from computer games, than history, geography and drama lessons.
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16/03/2021 10:46:10 48 14
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There not 'free' school meals they are taxpayer funded school meals Yet again somebody being lavish with money as long as its not their own
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16/03/2021 10:49:53 26 37
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You'd rather the kids starved, would you?

Or pehaps they should get jobs cleaning chimneys from the inside, to keep you happy, and the money in your wallet...

I've got no kids, but I don't have a problem with some of my tax going to pay for free school meals.
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16/03/2021 11:05:50 7 6
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Good old Tory attitude. "Your" money is not your own though. What you receive assumes that you will pay tax on it. How else can communal benefits be funded? If taxes are too high it is generally an indicator that wealth distribution is too uneven. I'm sure most would like to pay their way if there were sufficient jobs that paid a living wage in the first place.
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16/03/2021 14:09:31 3 2
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Another who does not believe in society? All those millions of poor people in our society - just imagine what they would do if all welfare state and benefits were withdrawn. No housing, no food, no clean water, no warmth, & NO JOBS. Even the most law-abiding might be joining feral gangs that prey on the privileged. Back to worse than Dickensian conditions. A success for far-right ideology.
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17/03/2021 09:24:27 0 0
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you have a peculiar idea of what lavish is.
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17/03/2021 09:37:29 1 0
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Why are free school dinners for poor kids a good idea?

Because poorly fed children don't concentrate well and become disruptive, dragging down the learning chances of every child in the class regardless of their wealth & parenting. How can you expect 29 kids to learn when the teacher has to deal with one throwing tantrums because their hungry and grouchy.
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16/03/2021 10:46:16 19 4
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How can someone like Da Sousa with her reputation for destroying teacher's careers and hiding evidence of malpractice be Children's Commissioner?
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16/03/2021 10:47:51 49 4
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Not sending children to school at the age of 4 would be a good start.
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16/03/2021 11:09:59 16 8
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I agree - but under 4's need to have access to good play resources and picture books to encourage curiosity and play
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17/03/2021 21:52:32 0 0
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Most European nations don't begin formal education until at least 6 1/2 years of age. They favour provision like the Kindergarten - a place to grow physically and socially at their own pace. Their schools use heursitic learning and find a way forward for all their pupils. We just tell our children that they are falling behind!
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16/03/2021 10:49:13 3 4
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Yes, that’s right, Hitler Youth was the same sort of thing wasn’t it - political meddling outside of reasonable schooling
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16/03/2021 10:54:08 5 1
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That was quick in proving Godwin's Law
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16/03/2021 10:55:21 0 1
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It was nothing of the sort, that's a really daft thing to say.
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16/03/2021 11:08:02 1 3
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You'll get the sheep insisting youre wrong. But we have mengele style experimentation with the insistence on the face of evidence that its not dangerous. We have kids indoctrinated into the ways of the rona. We have it on TV all the time, subliminal messaging that you should wear masks.

Definitely the nazis have taken over.
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16/03/2021 10:46:10 48 14
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There not 'free' school meals they are taxpayer funded school meals Yet again somebody being lavish with money as long as its not their own
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16/03/2021 10:49:53 26 37
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You'd rather the kids starved, would you?

Or pehaps they should get jobs cleaning chimneys from the inside, to keep you happy, and the money in your wallet...

I've got no kids, but I don't have a problem with some of my tax going to pay for free school meals.
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16/03/2021 10:56:02 20 7
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Stop virtue signalling you lost me after your first sentence
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16/03/2021 10:55:52 17 6
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If you can't feed them, don't breed them.
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16/03/2021 11:08:54 5 3
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I'd happily watch people starve if the choice was me suffering instead of them.

Next question?
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16/03/2021 11:23:45 16 3
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There are no starving children here - the kids in the UK are the most obese in Europe.
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16/03/2021 16:19:29 1 1
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Come on Lizard!
There's a world of difference between helping those in need and providing help whether its needed or not.
These gifts of taxpayers money are the poison pills so loved by Brown; who will dare to take the heating allowance off pensioners who don't need it? And so the dependence grows. Worse, employers don't need to pay decent wages because the taxpayer will top up.
Demeaning to all.
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16/03/2021 10:39:23 103 5
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We built dens, built rafts, went camping, played tag etc etc.

Children now are so confused whether they are this or that.

Please let them enjoy their childhood- if they do they are much more likely to succeed and their mental health will be much improved!.
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16/03/2021 10:50:14 15 104
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Times have moved on since 1940
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16/03/2021 11:00:28 26 1
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Yes indeed.

There have been marvellous improvements, however, there are other changes that have been damaging and are causing new problems in the mental and social development of children.

I have simply suggested one solution to the problem.
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16/03/2021 11:06:08 24 4
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Yes they have but not for the better.
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16/03/2021 11:40:42 13 3
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Meaning what - exactly ? - is it progress that so many kids now suffer some kind of mental illness or are generally unhappy
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16/03/2021 11:37:11 12 0
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In Scouting we specialise in building dens, sailing rafts , we are eager to get going again!
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16/03/2021 11:47:30 11 1
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Maybe, but to be fair children havent, they still require, as small humans, to get outside, to play, with other small humans... to think anything differently shows you have very little clue about what children require
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16/03/2021 11:51:49 2 17
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Not in HYS Mr Spok, everyone here is from the 40's you'd think, with some of their attitudes. Hiding behind their net curtains complaining about the yoof.
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16/03/2021 12:21:09 3 1
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My nephews love getting out exploring and building stuff just because you obviously had a s sheltered upbringing
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16/03/2021 12:29:39 6 0
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It was still like that in the 1980s until then sensationalist mass media (aka Rupert Murdock) really took off and now everyone has to be on alert for paedophiles and murderers. Result - the kids are not allowed out anymore.
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16/03/2021 13:34:35 3 1
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For the last ignored and abused, rightless, minority, children, time has not brought enough positive changes or progression. UK attitudes to children have improved only slowly, and are way behind those of many other cultures that give far, far more weight to children's needs and rights.
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16/03/2021 10:51:50 11 2
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It sounds as though she IS woke, all the emphasis is on education and more government spending, none on encouraging friendships, stepping back and allowing families to heal and flourish after extended families have been stopped from meeting each other for a year.
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16/03/2021 11:12:41 0 2
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Indeed. Woke is not all bad !
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16/03/2021 10:29:47 4 3
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How is 'poverty' defined?
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16/03/2021 10:47:08 5 1
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If you are the BBC's mates at the Resolution Foundation it includes consideration of handheld blenders and baby sitting.

I wish I was exaggerating.
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16/03/2021 10:52:41 2 5
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Why can't they be like we were? Perfect in every way. What's da matter wid kidz today?
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16/03/2021 10:49:13 3 4
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Yes, that’s right, Hitler Youth was the same sort of thing wasn’t it - political meddling outside of reasonable schooling
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16/03/2021 10:54:08 5 1
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That was quick in proving Godwin's Law
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16/03/2021 10:54:25 5 2
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Nothing like "reconstructing the social security system in the wake of World War Two."

Fake news
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16/03/2021 11:06:19 1 0
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Theyre selling ut to those who still haven't woke up. Red pill all the way.
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16/03/2021 10:55:09 8 4
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I'fe bean ouff skhool fore neerley a yeer an fink vat my muum deed a grate jop in hom skhooling mi.
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16/03/2021 11:10:33 3 0
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She obviously did your spelling is coming along a treat
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16/03/2021 10:55:15 94 9
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Whatever happened to parental responsibility ? Remember folks they are your children, not the Government's.
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16/03/2021 11:50:04 17 4
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Absolutely right.
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16/03/2021 12:28:32 2 2
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They are, but it wasn't parents that closed all the schools, leaving millions of parents balancing bringing in an income as well as home schooling, along with everything else involved in running a household. All while being allowed out 1 hour a day. As a parent im not after sympathy or financial support, but a little appreciation that not everyone was sat at home baking sourdough during lockdown.
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16/03/2021 13:44:52 2 0
bbc
But government wants to control how children are brought up. School is compulsory.
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16/03/2021 10:55:54 10 11
bbc
Longer school days and shorter holidays until the time is made up.
Easy.
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16/03/2021 11:34:20 1 1
bbc
Important issue is that contractual obligations for schools and teaching staff include holidays. To go roughshod over their rights would be illegal and costly.

Teachers have been working on the homeschooling as well as providing those children in school with teaching. They are at risk of becoming burnt out as their work often continues beyond then end of the school day.

Extra is simply a no go.
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16/03/2021 10:49:53 26 37
bbc
You'd rather the kids starved, would you?

Or pehaps they should get jobs cleaning chimneys from the inside, to keep you happy, and the money in your wallet...

I've got no kids, but I don't have a problem with some of my tax going to pay for free school meals.
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16/03/2021 10:56:02 20 7
bbc
Stop virtue signalling you lost me after your first sentence
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16/03/2021 11:03:26 6 11
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You probably think "Woke" is an insult, too, don't you?
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16/03/2021 14:10:23 4 2
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To want to help out those less advantaged than oneself is not 'virtue signalling'.
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16/03/2021 10:41:33 14 8
bbc
Rebuild their childhood! It's only been a year!
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16/03/2021 10:57:21 0 8
bbc
A quarter of a four year old's life.
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RJS
16/03/2021 10:57:36 35 5
bbc
How about a "commissioner" for pot holes? Goodness knows how many of these useless windbags have been appointed, doubtless at huge expense, to pass hot air!!
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16/03/2021 10:57:36 62 3
bbc
The problem goes back a long way. Even just after WW2 many city children were in families that still had wider family living in rural areas. Even in cities people kept animals and grew veg in their gardens (before high rise living took hold). That connection with nature has being lost for many - and the further mankind drifts from nature the more unnatural and mentally disturbed it becomes.
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SJ
16/03/2021 11:11:26 31 2
bbc
Ackwern thank you. Best comment here, and one supported by psychologists. The connection with nature is essential.
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16/03/2021 10:38:17 30 1
bbc
New children's commissioner versus social media. Only one winner there.
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16/03/2021 10:57:46 47 4
bbc
Social media is the biggest force for evil ever invented, detrimental to everyone with little or no positives. If the Government are truly interested in improving a childs life they could do a lot worse than ban social media. Even banning anonymity online would be a great start, you want to say something controversial? Fine, your photo and real name should be visible.
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16/03/2021 11:23:09 5 2
bbc
So why are you commenting using a pseudonym on what is ostensibly a form of social media? (Yes, I am doing the same - but I'm not complaining about it while using it.)
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16/03/2021 11:24:30 3 3
bbc
"ban social media"

This sounds a lot like certain other countries that don't value their citizens' freedoms. Are you really saying this? Are all the people thumbing up your comment really supporting this? Careful what you wish for.
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16/03/2021 11:39:21 4 2
bbc
For what it's worth, any party with this policy on their manifesto would get my vote.
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16/03/2021 11:53:36 4 2
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Why? So the Left, who preach about freedom, can close down any dissent by personally attacking anyone who doesn't agree with them?
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16/03/2021 10:59:40 14 4
bbc
This is the parents responsibility to resolve. Both my wife and I work full time and had to home school and my son is no further behind than he would have been at school. The only concern I have is the lack of time he has had to make new friends as it was his first year at secondary school. If parents didn’t home school properly then that’s their fault
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16/03/2021 11:15:39 11 0
bbc
Parental responsibility... steady on with that crazy radical idea..
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16/03/2021 11:00:28 22 2
bbc
Children's mental health and welfare has suffered as they were denied, sport and social interaction but for some little will change in their lives of poor food and too much screen time.
Anyone who has travelled to real poor parts of the world can see the UK's poverty is not economic but moral and educational. More free school meals and nanny state will not change that. Good parenting will.
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16/03/2021 10:50:14 15 104
bbc
Times have moved on since 1940
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16/03/2021 11:00:28 26 1
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Yes indeed.

There have been marvellous improvements, however, there are other changes that have been damaging and are causing new problems in the mental and social development of children.

I have simply suggested one solution to the problem.
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16/03/2021 11:01:43 26 3
bbc
So, this is what it has come to.

Decades of tinkering around with education, social media in place of conversation and all the other ills of our progressive society.

I've never felt so removed from young people as now.

Driven to school, no local interaction, barricaded schools, no wonder they get in such a state.
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16/03/2021 11:07:43 12 3
bbc
It is true social media and computer gaming have been a disaster for young people and their social development. 1 year of lockdowns has seriously exacerbated and sped up that trend. So few kids now play outside with friends. It is all very bad news for the future direction of society as a whole.
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16/03/2021 14:21:57 2 0
bbc
Before all that took over, children were so often sexually harassed or abused when out and about. Every child knew where the neighbourhood perverts lived, who would pay a few pennies for sexual favours. It was common for young girls to be grabbed and assaulted one way or another by older boys or men, walking home from school or when out playing. Or to be flashed at. Parents are more aware now.
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16/03/2021 10:31:06 197 10
bbc
Am I the only person who is fed up with people who have never been in a war or even visited a war zone comparing the pandemic to a war? These comparisons are ridiculous and self-dramatising nonsense. Yes there are some problems and challenges as a result of the pandemic but to compare it to reconstruction after the wholesale destruction of life and infrastructure of WW2 is insulting.
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16/03/2021 11:02:48 19 1
bbc
Any comparison with war is purely the financial and social costs of closing down everything. You could at least have a pint during WW2.
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16/03/2021 11:30:01 7 1
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Unless it was the Blitz. Society is vastly different now, comparisons are pointless.
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16/03/2021 11:03:19 38 2
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This is a no brainer, what do these people get paid for?. My kids just want their life back, they don't want to be surveyed to death they would just like to get back to school trips, residential visits, normal school days and all the fun educational stuff they have lost which are the rights of passage we all went through, doesn't need to get more complex than that.
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16/03/2021 14:03:33 4 1
bbc
There are many children who love learning on their own, once they are taught how to learn. Many find school education very boring, it is often very badly done (online and in school). Many dread going back to school.
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16/03/2021 10:56:02 20 7
bbc
Stop virtue signalling you lost me after your first sentence
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16/03/2021 11:03:26 6 11
bbc
You probably think "Woke" is an insult, too, don't you?
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16/03/2021 10:53:54 2 2
bbc
I support any help that the government want to give to children.

Children are our future.

But also they need to help women. You know, the women who give birth to children.

The government don't really care.

But I do support any help that the government want to give to children.

Definitely on topic, unless you want to be vindictive again ???
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16/03/2021 10:49:13 3 4
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Yes, that’s right, Hitler Youth was the same sort of thing wasn’t it - political meddling outside of reasonable schooling
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16/03/2021 10:55:21 0 1
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It was nothing of the sort, that's a really daft thing to say.
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16/03/2021 11:04:41 5 1
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Like everything else the government have been involved with it will be a load of hot air and lip service.
The 'kids' will thrive in the future in spite of the government not because of them.
I have every confidence that they will go on to great things having seen what a total shambles the grown ups have been during this whole so called pandemic. They certainly cannot make the world a worse place.
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16/03/2021 11:04:46 1 6
bbc
"Build back better" lol.

Its being rubbed in your face and you sheep still don't get that this isnnoth8ng to do with a vaccine and everything to do with brainwashing the masses into compliance.
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16/03/2021 10:31:06 197 10
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Am I the only person who is fed up with people who have never been in a war or even visited a war zone comparing the pandemic to a war? These comparisons are ridiculous and self-dramatising nonsense. Yes there are some problems and challenges as a result of the pandemic but to compare it to reconstruction after the wholesale destruction of life and infrastructure of WW2 is insulting.
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16/03/2021 11:05:40 23 29
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Agreed. It's like Brexiters who would argue "we won WW2, we'll survive Brexit" as if the 2 things are vaguely comparable.
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16/03/2021 11:34:32 13 11
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Remooooooan
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16/03/2021 10:46:10 48 14
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There not 'free' school meals they are taxpayer funded school meals Yet again somebody being lavish with money as long as its not their own
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16/03/2021 11:05:50 7 6
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Good old Tory attitude. "Your" money is not your own though. What you receive assumes that you will pay tax on it. How else can communal benefits be funded? If taxes are too high it is generally an indicator that wealth distribution is too uneven. I'm sure most would like to pay their way if there were sufficient jobs that paid a living wage in the first place.
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16/03/2021 10:49:53 26 37
bbc
You'd rather the kids starved, would you?

Or pehaps they should get jobs cleaning chimneys from the inside, to keep you happy, and the money in your wallet...

I've got no kids, but I don't have a problem with some of my tax going to pay for free school meals.
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16/03/2021 10:55:52 17 6
bbc
If you can't feed them, don't breed them.
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16/03/2021 14:12:29 0 3
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We are animals. The urge to reproduce is overwhelming for most people. Perhaps anyone who is unlikely to earn, say 20% above the average, should be forcibly neutered before breeding age.
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16/03/2021 10:50:14 15 104
bbc
Times have moved on since 1940
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16/03/2021 11:06:08 24 4
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Yes they have but not for the better.
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16/03/2021 10:54:25 5 2
bbc
Nothing like "reconstructing the social security system in the wake of World War Two."

Fake news
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16/03/2021 11:06:19 1 0
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Theyre selling ut to those who still haven't woke up. Red pill all the way.
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16/03/2021 11:06:50 9 0
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Less political and religious indoctrination in schools for a start.
It is parents duty to teach religious and moral values...the schools
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16/03/2021 11:10:48 3 1
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The problem with that is that many do not because they have none of their own.
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16/03/2021 11:57:23 1 0
bbc
Why less religious indoctrination. Religous Knowledge is fine. Strange how no one criticises a Muslim school for Religous Indoctrination. Political Incorrectness I think.??
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16/03/2021 11:01:43 26 3
bbc
So, this is what it has come to.

Decades of tinkering around with education, social media in place of conversation and all the other ills of our progressive society.

I've never felt so removed from young people as now.

Driven to school, no local interaction, barricaded schools, no wonder they get in such a state.
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16/03/2021 11:07:43 12 3
bbc
It is true social media and computer gaming have been a disaster for young people and their social development. 1 year of lockdowns has seriously exacerbated and sped up that trend. So few kids now play outside with friends. It is all very bad news for the future direction of society as a whole.
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16/03/2021 12:03:46 6 0
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I think you'll find the majority kids are playing with their friends the whole time they're playing games. And while I agree more time outside is essential, it is not for the reasons you suggest. I think you have misunderstood what children actually do.
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16/03/2021 12:36:02 2 2
bbc
I'd say that road traffic levels are the biggest thing stopping kids playing outside in towns and cities. Could do with bringing back the concept of 'play streets' more widely, where cars are banned between, say, 3-6pm to make it safer for kids to play outside.
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16/03/2021 10:33:42 148 8
bbc
"Rebuilding childhood" they said - and not a word about chasing each other round a park and climbing trees and getting dirty and scuffing their knees; no, it's all about getting GCSEs.
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16/03/2021 11:07:54 73 14
bbc
Generally as soon as they start chasing each other round a park and climbing trees and getting dirty, someone comes along and tells them to stop. Then, when they do stop and play on their phones or games consoles instead, the same people say they need to put down their devices and get outdoors. Whatever they do, they're criticised.
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16/03/2021 11:36:49 5 3
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Who are the people telling them to stop - nobody would criticise kids for getting exercise outdoors - where as addiction to devices is a real issue
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16/03/2021 13:42:18 1 0
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Have things really changed ? My mother used to kick us out the house to play in the Rec or go out on our bikes. Only to say we treated the house like a hotel only came back for food and sleep. this was late 70`s early 80`s.
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16/03/2021 10:49:13 3 4
bbc
Yes, that’s right, Hitler Youth was the same sort of thing wasn’t it - political meddling outside of reasonable schooling
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16/03/2021 11:08:02 1 3
bbc
You'll get the sheep insisting youre wrong. But we have mengele style experimentation with the insistence on the face of evidence that its not dangerous. We have kids indoctrinated into the ways of the rona. We have it on TV all the time, subliminal messaging that you should wear masks.

Definitely the nazis have taken over.
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16/03/2021 11:08:18 22 6
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Easy solution!!!
Mums at home looking after kids-this is where we have failed-playing outside-conkers-picking blackberries-feeding ducks-mending your bike-but not today, just sit them in front of a screen or put them in the kennels(sorry playgroup)
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16/03/2021 11:33:16 11 17
bbc
So your easy solution is basically more ageism and sexism - any other pearls of prejudice you would like to include in this solution?
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16/03/2021 12:28:59 1 1
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‘Mums at home’, wow, don’t you realise most mums go to work. Both parents look after their children!
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16/03/2021 12:47:00 2 0
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Why not the dads? And if wages matched housing costs, perhaps both parents wouldn't need to spend so many hours at work and have more time for their kids? Hell, we could all do with less time slaving away at work and more time with family/friends. Probably why productivity is low
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16/03/2021 13:04:23 1 0
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Mums or Dads at home, I won't be sexist.
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16/03/2021 14:18:40 1 1
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Mums, is it? Not dads?
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16/03/2021 11:08:37 7 11
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The disruption to children was not due to the pandemic. It was due to political decisions and pandering to militant teachers and their unions.
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16/03/2021 11:14:07 5 5
bbc
Yawn. The predictable union/militant/teacher soundbite. Just keep laughing at yourself.
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16/03/2021 11:51:29 0 0
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You mean to tell me that the Tory party who stood up to the militant unions of the 70s were terrified of the teacher unions. In the end political decisions taken by the current tory government which were wrong! You can choose to blame the unions but you would be wrong.
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16/03/2021 11:08:48 8 6
bbc
Children are resilient, they will play games with rubble in the middle of a war zone. There’s too much hand-wringing about children’s mental health, my age group of 70-80 are simply ignored unless we are in a care home.
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16/03/2021 11:14:45 5 10
bbc
Oh boo hoo snowflake! We've just trashed our economy. Put thousands of businesses under. Put hundreds of thousands out of work. Killed thousands of non COVID patients and disrupted education for millions of children to protect you and you're STILL the victim!
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16/03/2021 11:17:28 1 0
bbc
Yes - they did do that during the war. During the pandemic they haven't been allowed to play with other children for several months. Of course many wartime fears were not applicable, but lockdowns are still testing resilience in unprecedented ways, so some hand-wringing is appropriate.
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16/03/2021 11:19:04 1 2
bbc
Selfish, frightened people your age are telling themselves children are resilient in order to assuage what little conscience they might have about the incredible damage that has been done to so many children.

Decent people want children and young people to have the same, if not better, opportunities that they enjoyed, even if it means a bit more risk to themselves.
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16/03/2021 10:49:53 26 37
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You'd rather the kids starved, would you?

Or pehaps they should get jobs cleaning chimneys from the inside, to keep you happy, and the money in your wallet...

I've got no kids, but I don't have a problem with some of my tax going to pay for free school meals.
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16/03/2021 11:08:54 5 3
bbc
I'd happily watch people starve if the choice was me suffering instead of them.

Next question?
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16/03/2021 14:13:12 1 1
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That's the choice before all those people who are so self-centred, is it?
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16/03/2021 10:47:51 49 4
bbc
Not sending children to school at the age of 4 would be a good start.
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16/03/2021 11:09:59 16 8
bbc
I agree - but under 4's need to have access to good play resources and picture books to encourage curiosity and play
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37p
16/03/2021 13:07:54 2 0
bbc
And parents can't provide that?
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16/03/2021 11:10:03 15 2
bbc
I blame PowerPoint for the yawning chasm between ambition and delivery.

We've raised three decades of project managers that believe presenting something in PowerPoint is three quarters of their job done.
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16/03/2021 11:00:43 5 7
bbc
So, we finally have an admission that the government, with the connivance of a selfish and cowardly society, has buggered up the lives of our children: who are our future.

I'm 63, single, and hardly affected by lockdowns. But I still have the decency, and courage, to maintain that, if it had been my call, schools and universities would have carried on as normal for the last year.
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16/03/2021 11:51:05 1 0
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Oh, Davie, you are funny.
We know you weren't affected by lockdowns - on the beach or out marching, weren't you?
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16/03/2021 10:55:09 8 4
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I'fe bean ouff skhool fore neerley a yeer an fink vat my muum deed a grate jop in hom skhooling mi.
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16/03/2021 11:10:33 3 0
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She obviously did your spelling is coming along a treat
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16/03/2021 11:06:50 9 0
bbc
Less political and religious indoctrination in schools for a start.
It is parents duty to teach religious and moral values...the schools
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16/03/2021 11:10:48 3 1
bbc
The problem with that is that many do not because they have none of their own.
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16/03/2021 10:57:36 62 3
bbc
The problem goes back a long way. Even just after WW2 many city children were in families that still had wider family living in rural areas. Even in cities people kept animals and grew veg in their gardens (before high rise living took hold). That connection with nature has being lost for many - and the further mankind drifts from nature the more unnatural and mentally disturbed it becomes.
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SJ
16/03/2021 11:11:26 31 2
bbc
Ackwern thank you. Best comment here, and one supported by psychologists. The connection with nature is essential.
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16/03/2021 10:41:14 105 31
bbc
Free school meals...more Universal Credit blah blah blah. When will this government and the other parties realise that all these free handouts are pretty much what has destroyed this country. It just fuels the sense of entitlement and takes away personal responsibilities. The more they give, the more people want. I despair.
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16/03/2021 11:12:09 40 11
bbc
What is next. My kids haven't got a winter coat, that's OK the government (tax payers) will supply. Why not let the the tax payer pay for everything. Bet free school meals for all during the summer holidays.
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16/03/2021 11:55:59 4 10
bbc
So you think it is acceptable for a child to freeze because you don't like their parent's choices. What right do you have to deny a child warmth in the UK in the 21st century?
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Rob
16/03/2021 12:04:09 6 2
bbc
They used to provide winter clothing vouchers.. a social worker would feel your coat and if it was too thin would award you a voucher for a new one.. all stopped because people complained it was demeaning/limiting free choice, so cash was awarded whichs sometimes used for the purpose, sometimes to pay off crippling debts because credit isn't properly regulated and we live in a consumer culture
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dp
16/03/2021 12:23:36 3 2
bbc
yes better to let them starve and freeze ~ are there no workhouses?
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16/03/2021 13:50:34 2 0
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Bet you wish you were so poor you could also take advantage of getting a 'handout' to buy a second-hand coat for your child. Or the wonderful experience of going hungry so your child can eat. Remember that many going through this, and it is not fun, are actually tax payers themselves.
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16/03/2021 10:51:50 11 2
bbc
It sounds as though she IS woke, all the emphasis is on education and more government spending, none on encouraging friendships, stepping back and allowing families to heal and flourish after extended families have been stopped from meeting each other for a year.
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SJ
16/03/2021 11:12:41 0 2
bbc
Indeed. Woke is not all bad !
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16/03/2021 10:31:06 197 10
bbc
Am I the only person who is fed up with people who have never been in a war or even visited a war zone comparing the pandemic to a war? These comparisons are ridiculous and self-dramatising nonsense. Yes there are some problems and challenges as a result of the pandemic but to compare it to reconstruction after the wholesale destruction of life and infrastructure of WW2 is insulting.
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16/03/2021 11:13:29 4 12
bbc
Technically at a cellular level it is a war between your body and what can be described as a parasite, you are being invaded and your body mounts an immunological defence against that invasion. If you could see it happening at the microscopic level Matrix style in real time I should imagine it very much looks like a war zone.
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16/03/2021 10:53:54 2 2
bbc
I support any help that the government want to give to children.

Children are our future.

But also they need to help women. You know, the women who give birth to children.

The government don't really care.

But I do support any help that the government want to give to children.

Definitely on topic, unless you want to be vindictive again ???
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16/03/2021 11:13:51 3 1
bbc
Never preach to parents again and tell them their education is more important than anything. You’ve lost that right.
When a family want a couple for valued time together, so be it. Fining them moving forward will be immoral.
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16/03/2021 11:14:04 15 3
bbc
Maybe the policy she needs to rebuild childhood should include children be taught discipline, manners and respect..
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16/03/2021 11:08:37 7 11
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The disruption to children was not due to the pandemic. It was due to political decisions and pandering to militant teachers and their unions.
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16/03/2021 11:14:07 5 5
bbc
Yawn. The predictable union/militant/teacher soundbite. Just keep laughing at yourself.
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16/03/2021 11:16:28 1 4
bbc
As opposed to: Stay home - Protect the NHS - Save lives dogma which you probably bought into?
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16/03/2021 11:14:19 13 0
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Why do We have a Commissioner for Children? We did alright without one.
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16/03/2021 11:08:48 8 6
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Children are resilient, they will play games with rubble in the middle of a war zone. There’s too much hand-wringing about children’s mental health, my age group of 70-80 are simply ignored unless we are in a care home.
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16/03/2021 11:14:45 5 10
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Oh boo hoo snowflake! We've just trashed our economy. Put thousands of businesses under. Put hundreds of thousands out of work. Killed thousands of non COVID patients and disrupted education for millions of children to protect you and you're STILL the victim!
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16/03/2021 11:20:51 0 1
bbc
What a sad individual...
Get some time in
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16/03/2021 10:39:23 103 5
bbc
We built dens, built rafts, went camping, played tag etc etc.

Children now are so confused whether they are this or that.

Please let them enjoy their childhood- if they do they are much more likely to succeed and their mental health will be much improved!.
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16/03/2021 11:15:19 26 3
bbc
Must be loads of engineers who started out by damming a stream, creating a go-cart from a pram or an underground bunker from a few bits of corrugated iron and sand bags - no imagination these days its been superseded by a Z Box or whatevs.
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16/03/2021 11:37:28 6 12
bbc
Yes, but the children who now spend their times damming streams and creating go-carts just wouldn't get the engineering job these days, because they now need to compete against other children from all over the world and playing building games just doesn't cut it.

Don't blame the children for doing their best in a system and society that the adults created for them.
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dan
16/03/2021 11:37:48 6 4
bbc
Sent on an smartphone or computer who's technology was probably designed in part by a kid who sat inside and loved electronics. Just because things are different now doesn't mean they are worse.
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16/03/2021 10:31:06 197 10
bbc
Am I the only person who is fed up with people who have never been in a war or even visited a war zone comparing the pandemic to a war? These comparisons are ridiculous and self-dramatising nonsense. Yes there are some problems and challenges as a result of the pandemic but to compare it to reconstruction after the wholesale destruction of life and infrastructure of WW2 is insulting.
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16/03/2021 11:15:26 35 2
bbc
You are not the only person by any means.

The same thing goes for "mental health". I am glad to see that mental health is finally getting the attention it needs.

But there are many people declaring they are "struggling with their mental health" when in reality they are simply disappointed about something. These people are trivializing the problems people with genuine medical concerns face.
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17/03/2021 07:52:11 0 1
bbc
Yes, I have every sympathy for people who are beginning to "struggle" with their mental but when I got extreme OCD with psychosis the amount of people who tried to comfort me with "oh, everyone has mental health problems" was staggering.
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16/03/2021 10:59:40 14 4
bbc
This is the parents responsibility to resolve. Both my wife and I work full time and had to home school and my son is no further behind than he would have been at school. The only concern I have is the lack of time he has had to make new friends as it was his first year at secondary school. If parents didn’t home school properly then that’s their fault
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16/03/2021 11:15:39 11 0
bbc
Parental responsibility... steady on with that crazy radical idea..
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16/03/2021 12:12:39 0 0
bbc
We will have to get a commissioner in for children to tell us how to parent
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Pso
16/03/2021 11:15:46 3 4
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crowman

The entire nation has locked down to protect the over 70s who have already lived a life - thought that would qualify as 'doing something' for your age group.

People who idolise Churchill should remember that he evacuated children to save them from the bombing but left the older citizens to take their chances!
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16/03/2021 11:21:02 2 1
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It was Chamberlain that began the Evacuation!
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16/03/2021 11:16:16 6 0
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Putting children first and investing in our future DEFINITELY needs to be our priority.

How have we slipped so far from this viewpoint, to the point where children are now seem to be seen as little more than cash machines to pay off our current borrowings?
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16/03/2021 11:22:59 8 0
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I disagree. The problems we have are children "learning" off their peers more than from their elders. That probably goes back about two/three generations now. Youth has been exploited by consumerism and the music, film and TV industries. They're the ones seeing the young as cash cows. However, I do think education is far too centered on filling jobs rather than induce a love of learning.
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16/03/2021 11:14:07 5 5
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Yawn. The predictable union/militant/teacher soundbite. Just keep laughing at yourself.
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16/03/2021 11:16:28 1 4
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As opposed to: Stay home - Protect the NHS - Save lives dogma which you probably bought into?
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16/03/2021 11:20:10 1 0
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Oooh. Now we've moved up to dogma. Just keep laughing at yourself.
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16/03/2021 11:16:47 4 1
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How about getting rid of all these overpaid useless commissioners and using the money saved to pay for the 'free' school meals
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16/03/2021 10:45:36 16 2
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Dame Rachel de Souza invoking post WW2 comparisons is absurd - can see the huge debt and profiteer spivs but where are the bombed buildings? the broken infrastructure? and rationing? do me a favour - should be a doddle by comparison. No! what you need now children, is Lederhosen, Hiking and "Tomorrow Belongs To Us"!
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16/03/2021 11:16:49 8 1
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Bring back rationing, I don't remember many overweight kids then, and they were fitter.
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16/03/2021 11:08:48 8 6
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Children are resilient, they will play games with rubble in the middle of a war zone. There’s too much hand-wringing about children’s mental health, my age group of 70-80 are simply ignored unless we are in a care home.
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16/03/2021 11:17:28 1 0
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Yes - they did do that during the war. During the pandemic they haven't been allowed to play with other children for several months. Of course many wartime fears were not applicable, but lockdowns are still testing resilience in unprecedented ways, so some hand-wringing is appropriate.
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Pso
16/03/2021 11:17:33 6 0
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Any time someone sets up a 'commission' it just looks like money down the drain to me.

You are better off advising people to play the lottery more often. The Nat Lottery is a very good funder of small community projects!
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16/03/2021 11:11:30 13 2
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Clueless hot air from one of Gove and Agnew's best mates. Previous 'alleged' scandals for De Souza include:
Getting advance notice when her schools were going to have OFSTED.
Forcibly taking over schools when communities/parents/students are completely opposed.
Spending money on her office furnishings rather than on pupils.
Tory Cronyism...yet again...
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16/03/2021 12:05:31 3 0
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Yep. Scandalous choice. The last one was awful as well. I can raise my children without you telling me how
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16/03/2021 10:33:02 62 19
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Think her biggest fight will be with the woke left who do not seem to want to let kids be kids and explore the world at their own pace and in their own way.

Instead of learning my curiosity and play it just seem to a forced indoctrinating of woke ideals
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16/03/2021 11:18:36 19 36
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Yawn... lets crowbar woke/left/indoctrination into a topic....
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16/03/2021 11:19:11 2 2
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In my day we only had an Xbox 360, Play Station 3 and, get this, a NON HD 32" flat screen TV in our bedrooms - kids today don't know how lucky they are !!
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16/03/2021 11:21:21 1 0
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So that makes you about 20
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16/03/2021 11:49:45 0 0
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Lol.??
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SJ
16/03/2021 11:20:00 3 0
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Teach gardening, cookery and how to think for yourself, including science and applied maths, plus how to use your native language well and how government works. No religious schools, no selection. Youth clubs, outdoor activities...

The above work. Endless initiatives like free schools, charter schools, standardised tests, etc created a patchwork mess of stress for kids to survive. Ditch them.
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16/03/2021 11:16:28 1 4
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As opposed to: Stay home - Protect the NHS - Save lives dogma which you probably bought into?
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16/03/2021 11:20:10 1 0
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Oooh. Now we've moved up to dogma. Just keep laughing at yourself.
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16/03/2021 11:27:23 0 0
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Two completely productive counter arguments there. Well done, you win ??
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16/03/2021 11:15:46 3 4
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crowman

The entire nation has locked down to protect the over 70s who have already lived a life - thought that would qualify as 'doing something' for your age group.

People who idolise Churchill should remember that he evacuated children to save them from the bombing but left the older citizens to take their chances!
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16/03/2021 11:21:02 2 1
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It was Chamberlain that began the Evacuation!