A couple from Dulwich, the Schonrocks, want their kids to cycle one mile to school, on their bikes, but the school is objecting and has warned the parents this must not happen.
In his Daily Telegraph article this morning, Boris says:
“What do they want? They want their children, aged eight and five, to have the right to walk or cycle one mile to school. They have found a route that seems perfectly safe to them – involving one crossing of the road, with the assistance of a lollipop lady or other parents. In doing so, they have scandalised the apparatus of the modern British state, because they have enough faith in their children, and in the safety of London’s streets, to allow them to do this on their own. “We wanted to create the simple freedom of our childhood,” says Oliver Schonrock. “Like everybody else our age, we spent a lot more time with our friends playing in the streets or parks without parental supervision and without our parents becoming unduly worried.”
It seems to me that these days life is rife with nosey parkers and busy bodies, dying to poke their noses into the affairs of other people. They are probably hanging from upstairs windows with sets of binoculars, with nothing better to do than impose their views on others. Some well wisher reported the Schonrocks to the school, and the Schonrocks were told they were not allowed to let their kids cycle the one mile back and forth from school unaccompanied. If they continue to allow their kids to cycle alone, they will be reported to social services.
Boris says: ” But the fundamental point is that this is the business of the parents and not that of the state. If Mr and Mrs Schonrock have carefully assessed the route, and considered the advantages and disadvantages, then they should overwhelmingly be given the benefit of the doubt and the freedom to make up their own minds.”
Hear, hear, Boris and I wonder if your intervention will make any difference to the outcome of this scenario. For the sake of the Schonrocks and their children, I do hope so.