Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

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CHILDREN at one primary school, it was recently revealed, have been banned from making daisy chains, on the grounds that they might catch germs if they start poking around in the grass. Needless to say, hopscotch, football, climbing and just about every other traditional playground pursuit are also heavily frowned upon in today's safety-first education culture.

But don't imagine that children are any more welcome to engage in more up-to-date pursuits. Paul Burstow, Liberal Democrat MP for Sutton and Cheam, is worrying himself that the nation's children are suffering repetitive strain injury by using electronic gadgets too much. A generation of teenagers, he wails, must be saved from going down with those hitherto unknown conditions, `text-message injury" and `PlayStation thumb'.

To this end, he has put a motion before Parliament demanding that more be done to dissuade children from using gadgets. The wording reveals much about how a LibDem MP thinks. …

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