I was asked the following question:
Speaking purely as a private individual deciding how to vote, could I ask where you stand/would vote/would have voted on the following issues ?
- the privatisation/outsourcing of public services
- parents smacking children (ban or not)
- organ donation opt-out in Wales (previously being opt-in)
- provision and nature of sex/relationship education in primary schools
My answers are as follows:
the privatisation/outsourcing of public services
Privatization of healthcare makes no sense. There is not enough money to pay for every health condition that needs treating, therefore there is not enough to make a profit from. A private hospital is no better than a public one if people are forced to use it based on where they live. Non-medical services, like building and maintenance can be done more efficiently by private firms. It is my view that the health service in Wales needs to be split in two. All the managers and admin staff should be part of the Welsh Government’s health department, meaning only the frontline staff like doctors and nurses operate under the NHS banner. It is the frontline staff that should have the pride of working for the NHS, the managers would not be needed in an ideal world.
parents smacking children (ban or not)
I work in neuro-science. Smacking causes what I call “phantasies” that are created as a result of “bleasures.” This can impair the emotion functioning of a person meaning they are more likely to go on to commit crime, develop depression, and other social ills. If a parent feels the need to smack then maybe they need to evaluate whether their communication skills need honing a bit.
organ donation opt-out in Wales (previously being opt-in)
I see the organ donation laws in Wales as body part snatching. Most people in Wales do not even know who the First Minister of Wales is. Therefore they are unlikely to know of the so-called “soft” opt-in laws. The right to choose is right, but where no choice is recorded it should not be assumed the person has consented.
provision and nature of sex/relationship education in primary schools
I think sex education needs to be age specific. It should recognise that children at primary school are likely to rebel against any morals they are taught when they reach secondary school. Therefore sex education at primary level needs to focus on things that have the “urgh” factor, like STDs. Education makes people evangelical – they want to try out what they have learned. If people are taught about sex and relationships at an impressionable age they might want to make use of that knowledge resulting in actions that could lead to them founding a family. Therefore sex education needs to be approached from a socio-economic angle in terms of the consequences of founding a family, such as the way having children creates an opportunity cost in that people have less time with friends and less time to do other things they might want to do. It also means that the little money they have will likely have to be directed at raising their child. If one has sex one has a high chance of conceiving a child, even with contraception, carrying all the costs associated with it – that should be the basic message.