Appalling, quite appalling:
A Tory councillor has claimed that there should be compulsory sterilisation for parents on benefits … Mr Ward, who has sat on Medway Council in Kent for eight years … said, “I think there is an increasingly strong case for compulsory sterilisation of all those who have had a second (or third, or whatever) child while living off state handouts.”
The Daily Mail has the full story on their website.
Here’s one example of what that would mean – suppose you have a happily married couple, hardworking for years and then one of the suffers a horrible accident at work and is invalided out. They decide they want to have a family, and rather than bring up an only child would rather go for having two children. Knowing full well the financial implications, and being willing to bear them, they decide that the partner of the injured one will also stop work for a couple of years to help bring up their new family as it arrives.
Only not in the world of John Ward – he would have them ordered off to compulsory sterilisation.
As I said – appalling, quite appalling. He seems to have in mind some caricature of everyone who is on benefits as being irresponsible and feckless – what a wrong, out of touch and insulting view. And that’s without getting on to the appallingly extreme and inhumane nature of the solution he wants – compulsory sterilisation.
UPDATE (26 March): John Ward has now quit as a councillor.