You know how Polly T keeps going on about how Sweden is so wonderful, the Nordics are the people we should be emulating?
The birthday party case takes state intervention to a new level. Before the beginning of lessons the boy had cheerfully threaded his way through the class handing out invitations. When the teacher spotted that two children had not received one he confiscated the invitations.
“One of the children had not invited my son to his own birthday party,” explained the father of the boy, who lodged an official complaint with the parliamentary ombudsman. “The other one had been bad to my son for six months. You do not invite your antagonists.”
That was not convincing enough for the headmaster or government deputies. “I believe the staff acted correctly, in a model way,” said Lars Hansson, of the Swedish Liberal party, one of the four ruling coalition partners in the country.
“It is their duty to reject any forms of insulting behaviour. To eliminate individual children from parties is not acceptable.”
Yup, they’re so communitarian that the invite list to an 8 year old’s birthday party is a matter for the State.
Somehow I just don’t see that quite catching on here: perhaps, contrary to Polly’s desires, we’re just not a social democratic nation?