Twice I have asked, through the letters page of The Shetland Times, for the local SNP to explain what their policy of a “named person” or “state guardian” to be attached to every child of 18 years and under, living in Scotland, is all about? So far, silence.
It would now seem that the Scottish government’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, says that parents will not be legally obliged to participate in the scheme.
Ms Sturgeon’s assertion is in direct contradiction to the Scottish government’s lawyer, Alistair Clark QC, who told the Court of Session, last July, that any opt out would “defeat the purpose of the scheme”, it was “universal”, and every child was deemed to be “potentially vunerable”.
So who is telling the truth, Ms Sturgeon or her government’s lawyer? They cannot both be right.