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Byline: By Denise Robertson

Margaret Hodge, the Minister for Children, gives me the shivers any time.

When she talks about the State having a role in family life ("For me, it's not a question of when we intrude on family life but how and when.") I get the heeby jeebies.

How long before there's a Big Brother camera in the corner of every family sitting room?

Of course, the State is there to provide a safety net and certainly to intrude if children are being short-changed by their parents, but if Mrs Hodge would sort out the Child Support Agency, make sure every child could get into the school of its choice, provide respite care for parents coping with illness and disability, provide peace on our estates, stop gagging orders in the Family Courts, sort out tax credits and make the benefits system less complicated than the Rubik's Cube it resembles at the moment, she could improve the lot of Britain's children without having to poke her nose across a single doorstep.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 30, 2004
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