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There is an important test in judging the strength of materials where one can be sure of quality controls – ie that the piece of metal or plastic will be as near as darnit to the rest of the thousands or millions that were or will be produced to be like them… You test it to see exactly where it breaks or at what level of stress…

And that’s well and good for pieces of plastic, metal, wood even… but not for people or systems which deal with people because to do that you have to be prepared to destroy, intentionally, either folk themselves or the systems put into place for the benefit for the folks – which then turns the whole thing from being a good thing to a bad thing for folk.

Putting aside that it’s too easy to take pot shots at the ‘Sats‘ tests for all the children in England and Wales as the whole thing has come undone this year – never mind the concern over the whole exam process in the first place. Has it become just too big? Ed Balls may not be heartened to know that a minister in Wales has resigned after merely walking into a pub with a lit cigar – not long an offense…

Will this fiasco test Balls to destruction or just the examining regime…

But this isn’t the only thing that’s been brought to attention as tested to destruction…

For those interested in abortion and choice and wanting to make access ever easier there is this warning story of a chemical abortion given to the wrong woman – so much for the right to either life or even choice.

And then there is THIS story about a couple of police officers being set upon by a group of thirty of a variety of ages – not just ‘youngsters’ or teenagers. This argues that the trust and respect the police may have enjoyed has been tested and found wanting – these incidents do not come out of a vacuum. Luckily the two police officers managed to get through their personal ordeal with far less than they may have suffered.

There is this story about a girl (aged 12) who was dragged into the manager’s office at a Boots store and then held there by up to three police officers, a security officer and a manager for trying out a nail polish that was not a tester. Not only did the security officer watch her he waited until she tried it rather than warn her beforehand that to even try it would be considered theft – but then that wouldn’t have been a collar, would it? What will this behaviour do to Hannah’s or her mother’s (Cheryl)for the police or those to whom they will tell this sad tale?

Whilst studying in Belfast I was told by someone from a working class estate that as I could tell the police that I was a university student they ‘wouldn’t be that bad’ as they’d understand I’d have a grasp of my rights.. this came to mean, after a brief amount of prodding, that within that estate the police were known as oppressors who would ‘use’ their authority and then hide behind their badges [it was a ‘protestant’ estate for those who think it matters]… Were the group of thirty from such an estate – I don’t know.

There is also this short about a car search gone wrong – not everyone there will be able to make the sophisticated view of Raymond and Erinma Bell that different police officers or divisions are not to be blamed for the actions of others even though they might all wear the same uniform.

Obviously the area where the two officers were attacked either don’t have the same sort of sophisticated views or don’t experience any real differences between police officers or their divisions.

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The devil’s in the detail…

On reflecting over the defeat of all of the amendments about the limit of abortion/termination it has remained at 24 weeks. There have been some words which have been used in this debate and accrued a far heavier meaning than they normally bear. For example the word ‘unwanted’ has become a stick to say that this thing in the belly is just so much waste…

Here, in this debate it means that the ‘mother’ does not want to carry the pregnancy to term and have the baby. [Barring accidents and incidents.] That does not mean that couples who are trying to adopt would not want it. The Times had an article, yesterday, about how the arguments for the ‘pro-lifers’ are a crank in disguise and would/could be used to ever shorten the time window for a legal abortion to the point where it wouldn’t be legal at all. This misses that whilst there may be some out there who have that view the vast majority of pro-lifers would not want or enforce legislation (at least in the UK) that would endanger desperate women/girls in back street clinics – so there is a sense of compassion but let’s not look there… let’s just write them off as a bunch of zealots who want to make people who have sex pay!

Personally, as I knew someone who was born at 23 weeks, where in the UK survival chances are a. not good and b. a harsh game of postcode lottery for a very innocent life… so I’ll sick my neck out and say 20 weeks is what I’d aim for as that is probably the limit of a foetus surviving without having ‘wet incubators’ of course then you could trial the choice – ‘We’ll just pop it out now… adoption is perfectly acceptable… no it’ll appreciate the whale music/insert your own dreaded vision… no still perfectly fine if you want to terminate it… oh, you have money – well in that case we’ll just pop it into the incubator for you and you can pick it up later… why have the discomfort of a full term pregnancy?’ At that point the legal status of the foetus will need to be ironed out to allow the woman not to have responsibility for which she can’t take/won’t give.

Of course the argument made in The Times is also a crank as the fundamental argument was about the wrongness of making a woman carry a foetus against her will – well if it’s down to that why stop at 24 weeks – why not just say that whenever the female decides against having that particular baby then that’s fine…

The truth is that this issue is tragic and terrible in it’s consequences and that both sides should try to understand the other better – that way when the aid workers came across raped muslims in the balkan conflict and gave them a pill to stop ‘anything’ from happening without explaining it – only to the great distress of the whole community as they saw abortion as not an option. And if someone is brought up within a strict catholic upbringing and really couldn’t face bearing a pregnancy to the full term – the options and freedoms should be explained carefully to her if for nothing else to prevent her from trying something drastic to ‘get rid of it’ as the phraseology goes…

So, I’m against abortion, I’d rather see a limit of 20 weeks but I don’t think we should use these sorts of laws to punish people who, for whatever reason, come to their decision late. But I also think the options as in giving the child up for adoption or outlining the help a mother could receive should get more airtime than they do…

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