Saturday, August 29, 2009

Dutch Courage

The decision of the Dutch authorities to intervene in Laura Dekker's life for her own well-being is absolutely correct, and should be applauded by all right-minded, right-thinking people.
No matter how skilled she might be, no matter if yachting equipment is now so sophisticated that crossing the Indian Ocean is less hazardous than crossing the street, no matter how liberal and emancipated her parents, a girl of 13 has no business sailing round the world on her own. To say anything else is suggestive of the onset of cabin fever. It's aggressive, narcissistic liberalism gone so barking mad that even the Dutch state says it's nuts.


Blogger Martin Meenagh said...

Absolutely right.

29 August, 2009 20:26  
Blogger James Higham said...

I don't disagree with much you say, Martin but I disagree with this. It is the parents' decision, not the state's.

30 August, 2009 13:21  
Blogger Martin said...


The desire not to have one's life interfered with by the state is commendable; but for this child to be permitted to do what she wants is a grotesque act of parental negligence, an act of child abuse by omission.

No excuse can be made for it, ideology can find no justification for it, it makes no sense and the Dutch state was absolutely right to intervene. Liberal, involved, emancipated parents who permit their 13 year old daughter to entertain the hope that she is in some way capable of sailing around the world on her own are just as defective and unfit parents as smacked-up low IQ types warehoused in a peripheral housing scheme. They just have more money.

30 August, 2009 14:09  

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