The next time one of our political leaders says he supports parents and thinks the family is an important institution, we should remind him of what happened in the House of Commons last night. MPs voted, by a majority of 269, in favour of an amendment to the Children and Families Bill that will make it a criminal offence to smoke in a car that has minors in it. Let’s leave aside the discussion of so-called ‘smokers’ rights’ and the ‘nanny state’. Fundamentally this ban is an attack on parental authority, on the sovereignty of the family itself, and it elevates the state to the position of knowing what is best for our children. Politicians pay lip service to the family, and then they dent its integrity, its independence, through giving the nod to parent-overriding bans like this.
Stop treating parents as polluters
The driving force behind the ban on smoking in cars is the poisonous idea that parents are corrupting their kids.
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