Children in parliament?

When Hillary Clinton wrote in her famous book, “it takes a village to bring up a child” I was tempted to ask her for the address of that village, but never did because my view was that my children were my responsibility.

The world did not revolve around my precious little offsprings. They were mine to look after and so despite Hillary’s borrowed proverb whose meaning never made sense to me, I did not rely on that village.

Apparently, this is not the case with today’s mother. If she has a child nowadays then she is convinced that she can inflict it on the rest of the world in any place, even at work. It can be somewhat disconcerting to have little Emma staring at your privates while the gynaecologist gives you a pap smear. And it isn’t very reassuring when the co-pilot of a plane is three year old, Hamish fiddling with the controls because it’s daddy’s day to have the toddler at work.

Why is it that parents nowadays cannot understand that they are the only ones in the world who think their kids are cute? And furthermore, why is it that that they think they have some God-given right to bring that kid to their place of work if it’s going to disturb other workers?

So for the life of me, I cannot understand why that silly Greens Senator had to bring her two year old into the parliamentary chamber which is where “serious decisions” are being made.

Why was this kid in the chamber anyway? Why wasn’t this kid being minded in the parliamentary creche? There is one. And it’s there for the politicians and staff so that the country can be governed properly without interference from a child. Senator Hanson-Young’s toddler was ejected from the chamber and now all the Greens and feminists are accusing the parliament of not being family-friendly.

But that’s not true.

We have had politicians breastfeeding in parliament. We now are supposed to accept that mummy’s little darling is going to attend parliament during an important voting session.

This is another example of political correctness gone crazy. If women can breastfeed in parliament or in public, can they then express milk in public? And if that’s okay, then why not go the whole hog and try to conceive in public? Now that’s what I call family-friendly!


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