The idea that the mentally ill are likely to be violent comes from the government far more than from stores selling fancy dress.
The NSPCC’s new campaign is built on the dubious claim that five per cent of people were sexually assaulted as children.
So, is mental distress caused by faulty genes or by past experiences of childhood abuse? Maybe it’s neither.
Placing state-backed constraints on ex-mental patients is a flagrant violation of their autonomy.
New UK safeguarding legislation is set to make it easier still for the authorities to enter people’s homes.
Must-reads from the past week
Ignore social workers’ claims about red tape costing lives – it shouldn’t be easy for the state to intervene in family life.
The fad for empowerment in social work and politics is really about making people comply with state diktat.
In these austere times, the race for funds leads groups like the NSPCC to issue shocking stats that don't add up.
Social workers are supposed to encourage people to improve their lot. So why has a Nigerian man been banned for doing that?
The notion that everyone is in some way mentally ill distracts attention from those who really need help.