Welcome to the Spring bulletin. The state of the world seems even worse since the publication of our Winter issue. The ongoing tragedy of the war in Ukraine, the rising costs of living and worldwide climate catastrophes make reading the daily news very difficult. So we are very happy to be able to announce that our annual conference will be happening on 21 May, once again at the RAF Club in central London. It’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded people where you can discuss the things that matter to you in a safe space. We have some great speakers lined up, so we look forward to seeing many of our supporters in May.
In this issue…
AGM and Annual Conference
You can now book your place on annual conference on Saturday 21 May 2021 at the Royal Air Force Club, 128 Piccadilly, London W1. 10.30am to 4.30pm Admission is free and you can book a two-course lunch at the RAF Club for just £31
Our speakers include Professor David Paton of the University of Nottingham, who will be speaking about teenage pregnancy and mandatory sex education, and Calvin Robinson, public commentator, political adviser and broadcaster, who will be discussing indoctrination in education.
NEW for this year are the choice of three afternoon workshops in which you will have the opportunity to discuss the topics further with our keynote speakers. And we also have a workshop on gender issues run by psychotherapist and author Stella O’Malley and James Esses of Thoughtful Therapists. We are asking that all participants select which workshop they would like to be part of by ticking the relevant box on the booking link on our website.
Scottish committee calls on government to enact ’conversion therapy’ ban
Despite our Senior Researcher giving evidence at the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities, Human Rights
and Civil Justice Committee (EHRCJ) (reported on in our previous bulletin) against a ‘conversion
therapy’ ban, that Committee recently produced a report calling on the Scottish government to push forward with just such a ban. We are very concerned that this law would pose a serious threat
to parental rights and freedoms and to the integrity of the family.
Why Ofsted needs reform
A representative of the Positive Reform for a Trusted Ofsted campaign has written an article about how the school’s body has stepped beyond its remit and needs urgent reform. “Without these reforms, Ofsted will continue to grow in powers and pursue whichever interests the management or inspectors decide; and at the moment, this is to the detriment of faith schools.” Anyone interested in finding out more can visit Home – Positive Ofsted Reform
Taxing families as if they cause harm
Philip Booth, Professor of Finance, Public Policy and Ethics, St. Mary’s University, Twickenham has written an article outlining how the UK tax system penalises families where both parents are together in the home and especially if one parent stays at home to care for their children. “Quite simply, our tax system penalises – in a substantial and explicit way – family formation and caring in the home.”
Government response to the Children Not in School consultation
Home educators Randall and Mary Hardy have written an article outlining why the the Department for Education (DfE) response to a consultation about the introduction of mandatory registers for “children not in a school” threatens the right of parents to homeschool and bring their children up according to their own beliefs. The response indicates that “the state, rather than the parents, has priority in deciding not only the information children are taught, but the philosophical values which are to shape their minds and hearts.”
This book highlights the importance of the family and the reintroduction of a moral compass into society in addition to a number of other areas of interest. The book’s introduction by Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali sets the tone for the whole in criticising the philosophy that puts freedom of the individual above all other social arrangements and justifies any act as long as ‘no harm’ is done. The Common Sense Group |
Welsh government assault on parents
On 21 March 2022 the Children (Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment) (Wales) Act, passed by the Welsh government in March 2020, will come into force making Wales the second part of the United Kingdom, after Scotland, to pass a ban on parental smacking. This law represents a massive blow to parents and to the integrity and independence of the family. While the present British government has stated that it opposes such a ban for England, parents and others must be especially vigilant in ensuring that what has happened in Scotland and Wales does not become the norm for the whole of the UK.