Wednesday, 29 July 2009

The bill

So, the Improving Schools and Safeguarding Children Bill is listed already on the timetable for new legislation for when the Government come back from their nice, long summer recess in October, including the innocuous-sounding part about 'improving monitoring arrangements for those children educated at home'. It's nice to know that Ed Balls is really open to listening to the results of the Consultation of these proposals. I'm still very up and down about this whole subject. Part of me just thinks it can't possibly happen, it's so draconian, so mad, so far-reaching; the other part of me just feels numb at the inevitability and frantically makes plans for safeguarding my own family in the face of new legislation.
My own MP seemed quite resigned to the proposals becoming law, despite disagreeing with them, whereas I see other people's MPs (such as on the Sometimes It's Peaceful blog) take the opposite view - that there's no way there'll be time for any legislative changes before a general election is called.
I'm also finding the same pattern of thinking with the swine flu - one day I'll be completely blase about it. It's only flu, we're all healthy, it's a mild kind of flu, we probably won't catch it and even if we do we'll all be ill for a week and then fine. Then the next day, I'm terrified again, imagining horrible things that I don't even want to think about, let alone write down.
The whole up and down thing is wearing me out. I tend to be very up and down anyway, but these 2 current issues are exacerbating it and are really not good for my mental health. And there's no sign of any ending of either issue until the Spring either, so I'm going to have to learn to deal with it.


arwen_tiw said...

(hug) No wisdom, just wanted you to know that you have been heard.

Anonymous said...

(((hugs))) from me too. I can only imagine the frustration and worry surrounding HE but I can certainly identify with the Swine Flu thing! I'm also an up and down sort of person and my everyday life is ruled by my thoughts on Swine Flu at the moment. I keep telling myself that I need to break away from online life for a while to reduce the chances of me reading something that sets me off again but the thought of missing out on some vital bit of info worries me so I keep on coming back! it is exhausting. I'm trying to use visualisation techniques to get off to sleep at night but it's hard to really switch off.

calming, peaceful vibes hun.