The language of power 2

This is a major theme in its own right and regrettably I just have time for a quick copy and paste.

One of the reasons for the growth in the child protection industry is to provide a distraction from questions of poverty and unequal distribution of wealth. The whole victim ideology cultural impetus of which child protection is a subset is about individualising people – and thus shoring up power.

This can be seen clearly in a Twitter post put out by the Children’s Minister. The story in the Telegraph is about how, (apparently), private companies are profiting from a scheme to distribute food to families in receipt of free school meals. The story is that the firms are profiteering by supply sub-standard lunch boxes.

In the response of the Minister we can see how she tries to shift the discussion away from the actual story which is about hungry children (this story may be over-played itself, but that is another story) and onto a theme of child protection. She is using the child protection line as a distraction technique.

Author: justinwyllie

EFL Teacher and Photographer