Should the State Decide What Clothes Children Can Wear? (2011), by Sean Gabb

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Sean Gabb on BBC Three Counties Radio, on Monday the 6th June 2011, to discuss whether it would be a good idea for the authorities to tell people what clothes their children can wear.

Sean says no for these reasons:

  1. It is reasonable to assume that anyone who uses the "protecting the kiddies" argument is really interested in controlling adults;
  2. Ratings will have no effect, as many of these things are now downloaded from the Internet;
  3. Conservative authoritarians deceive themselves when they think the authorities are fundamentally on their side. The moment you ask for a control to be imposed, you put your trust in people you have never seen, who are not accountable to you, who probably do not share your own values, and who will, sooner or later, use the control you have demanded in ways that you find surprising or shocking.
  4. One of the promoters of this control, Nadine Dorries MP, is too sleaze-ridden in her own life to have the smallest right to tell others how to live.