Where to start with the health secretary’s recent interview in which he says that a child’s will can override that of their parent when it comes to vaccination?
This is a government minister – a Tory minister – trashing in one sentence the centuries-old relationship between parents and their children.
Flying in the face of all previous parent-child relationships around the world, kids are suddenly to make their own decisions about their medical health.
What lunacy is this? A child is not equipped to make these decisions. Because they are – a child. Parents are supposed to make important decisions for them.
Whichever side of the vaccine debate you are on, this governmental announcement has to outrage you. It has to make you stick up a hand and say, ‘Excuse me, this is not acceptable behaviour for a government. Parents make decisions for their kids, not kids themselves.’ Otherwise, kids will suddenly be having ice cream for dinner and staying up until midnight. Every parent knows kids don’t know what is best for them.
Will this kid-centric decision making work both ways? When the parents do want the child to have the vaccination and the child doesn’t want it? Will the kid’s will be relevant then, Health Secretary?
Either way, it would be madness to allow a kid to decide, but if this allows children to overrule parents in one direction only, it makes it clear that this is just another way to get more children injected. They, after all, will suffer more from peer pressure. It is not fair to leave this decision for kids. Above all, they will not fully understand their own medical history.
This should not be allowed to happen in England.