Hi Folks! Lenore here from Free-Range Kids and yes, that headline is the REAL TITLE of a column by some hack in The Telegraph who was sick of the “no males allowed to sit next to unaccompanied minors” deal, back in 2006, on British Airways.
Oh wait a sec — that hack is Boris Johnson, NOW THE MAYOR OF LONDON!
He was asked to move his seat because he was next to two kids — his own! Once the stewardess realized her error, he was allowed to stay. But the feeling of being presumed a perv occasioned this column.
Can you imagine someone getting elected HERE who dared to say enough with this overblown fear for our kids? Can you imagine your OWN mayor writing:
To all those who worry about the paedophile plague, I would say that they not only have a very imperfect understanding of probability; but also that they fail to understand the terrible damage that is done by this system of presuming guilt in the entire male population just because of the tendencies of a tiny minority.
There are all sorts of reasons why the numbers of male school teachers are down 50 per cent in the period 1981 to 2001, and why the ratio of female to male teachers in primary schools is now seven to one. There are problems of pay, and the catastrophic failure of the state to ensure that they are treated as figures of authority and respect; and what with ‘elf ‘n’ safety and human rights it is very hard to enforce discipline.
But it is also, surely, a huge deterrent to any public-spirited man contemplating a career in education that society apparently regards all adult male contact with young people as being potentially a bit dodgy, a bit rum, a bit you know…
It is a total disaster.
Wow! Boris! And the Olympics, too. You rock! – Lenore (from Free-Range Kids)