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(en) Freedom 6322 Nov 16th 2002 - Viewpoints

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Sat, 30 Nov 2002 03:23:27 -0500 (EST)

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Tories back on form
The Conservative party's return to reactionary form in last
week's adoption vote will surprise few Freedom readers. The
Tories piously claim they're putting children first and that
gays and unmarried couples can already adopt. But they're
wrong on both counts.
For a start, unless the law specifically allows people to adopt
who don't fit in with the Tories' view of what a good married
couple looks like, many local authorities and the workers
within them (often fundamentalist Christians) will feel able to
prioritise those adopters they deem 'suitable'.
Secondly, adoption is clearly so much better for all involved.
As someone adopted at birth, I can attest to how much better
my opportunities were than those of people I know who were
in care, or even adopted later in life.
Families these days don't conform to a mythical nuclear
model. This reality has finally caught up with some politicians
(at least), as the successful outcome of the vote on 4th
November shows. Now it's only the bigots in the House of
Lords who are needlessly depriving kids of the chance to get
adopted and of a better situation in life.
Martin H.

More Tony on TV
As the number of CCTV cameras and sophisticated items of
surveillance equipment trained on you increases, you may
find yourself asking the question, why me? Why is it the
public that's constantly watched, and not those true criminals
who are supposed to serve it, the politicians? As their
everyday decisions affect the lives of thousands of people
they've never met and don't really give a fuck about, shouldn't
they be the ones who are watched? And so is born the
alternative version of Big Brother. Instead of watching stupid
people being bored, you can watch stupid people being
bought out by corporate executives. You could listen in as BP
'donates' another huge sum to the Labour Party, or watch as
pro-war propaganda is fabricated. This would be keeping an
eye on Big Brother himself while exposing the corruption at
the heart of any hierarchical system and the lies that fuel
capitalism. Fuck Jade. Give us Tony!

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