The Environment Enables the Camel’s Nose in the Tent

Casual attendees at local government meetings might on occasion be stunned by the utter lack of discomfort among officials about using children to advance environmentalist principles. As with much else, the English are blazing the path to the next step down:

Children as young as seven are being recruited by councils to act as ‘citizen snoopers’, the Daily Mail can reveal.
The ‘environment volunteers’ will report on litter louts, noisy neighbours – and even families putting their rubbish out on the wrong day.
There are currently almost 9,000 people signed up to the schemes. More are likely to be recruited in the coming months.
Controversially, some councils are running ‘junior’ schemes which are recruiting children. …
Luton Borough Council’s Street Seen scheme encourages its 650 volunteers to report ‘environmental concerns’. It is also recruiting ‘Junior Street Champions’, aged between seven and 11.
Primary schools could also be involved within two years.

It’s one thing to train interested citizens to take relevant notes about such crimes as prostitution and drug deals, but leveraging public schools to enlist the help of children is a dangerous innovation. We’ve already seen decades of child-focused propaganda on environmental issues, and that’s certainly had an effect on the habits of American families. Recruiting the kids to snitch on hold-outs should inflame such concerns as are mildly evoked by the phrase “government schools.”

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chuckR
chuckR
12 years ago

Where are the descendants of the men who came ashore on Juno, Sword and Gold 65 years ago?

EMT
EMT
12 years ago

They raised today’s dope-smoking war protesters. No help there.

rhody
rhody
12 years ago

Go to any hearing on SSM, and you’ll see much more cute kid exploitation from both sides.

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