While consistently invoking children as justification for absurd laws with no evidential basis, politicians don't seem to be too concerned with child welfare when it interferes with other hobby horses in their portfolio.
Here's a perfect example from the Soviet Republic of Upside Down Land.
PRIMARY school children are being terrified by lessons claiming climate change will bring "death, injury and destruction" to the world unless they take action.Well that'll be the end of that, then. If there is one thing that the public will not stand for, it's children being exposed to harm or alarm. It's completely taboo these days, so it is.
Climate change as a "Doomsday scenario" is being taught in classrooms across Australia.
Resource material produced by the Gillard government for primary school teachers and students states climate change will cause "devastating disasters".
"As well as their terrible impact on people, animals and ecosystems they cause billions of dollars worth of damage to homes and other buildings," the material says.
[Australian National University's Centre for the Public Awareness of Science director Dr Sue Stocklmayer said] "To put all of this before our children ... is one of the most appalling things we can do to (them)."
"When you repeat things over and over to young people who don't have the cognitive maturity and emotional maturity to process this stuff, you end up creating unnecessary anxiety," [Psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg] said.
Federal Schools Minister Peter Garrett said the government would not stop the teaching of climate science, despite moves in Britain for the subject to be withdrawn.Don't be so silly. Children are just a political commodity, to be moved in and out of camera shot as required. Precious they may be, but dogma is valued far higher in the corridors of power.
And lo, sayeth the religion of Gaia and public health, the church is thy anvil and children merely tools. Go forth and use them to best advantage in the name of our Lords of all progressive.
Verily shall ye not falter even as they are plagued by the heebeegeebees, whosoever gives a maggot's fart about them anyway?
See also, from today's link tank, kids may be run over but never shall Maccy D's pass their lips.