We’re all born equal. Or so the saying goes. The left would claim some are born with a silver spoon in their mouth and some are born in poorer circumstances and therefore disadvantaged. Watermelon Party spokesman for Transport, Housing, Climate Change, Food, Youth, Tertiary Education, Marine conservation and Fisheries, Libraries and Archives (yep, all of those things) is Gareth Hughes and his wife has just had a baby. Mr Hughes describes her as a “new green baby”. He’s proud and joyful, as he should be, but as I read his post on Frogblog about the event, I couldn’t help but feel some concern for the future of the child. Has this little girl been born in circumstances that will provide her any kind of benefit in life?
First Mr Hughes makes it quite clear there only ever going to be one brother for the child. What about the emotional and psychological benefit of many sisters and brothers? Surely three of four isn’t too bad, especially given the declining birth rates in the west. Many countries embracing an anti-child birth culture have major sustainability problems, having to encourage immigration to try and bolster inadequate replacement rates.
Then there is the world as Mr. Hughes sees it- “Down one path looms catastrophic climate change, massive species extinction, and increasing inequality and social suffering. Down the other path: a clean-tech transformation, a modern green energy revolution and a fair economy that works for everyone.” This claptrap no doubt defines the social perspective that reigns in the Hughes household, and the kids will likely be heavily infected with it. Is it fair to children to nurture them to adulthood and inculcate them with such a warped vision of the world?
I wish Mr Hughes, his wife and his family all the best for the future, but I cannot help but wonder whether children raised in a household where such doom laden views prevail are getting a fair start in life.