I don't care if you call it a U-turn, a roll-back, a road to Damascus conversion or anything else. Ed Balls has clearly seen sense (or has sense thrust upon him) and realised that putting 11 million people on a child protection register is beyond a joke.
The concessions to common sense only reduces this number to 9 million but it is a step in the right direction.
On the Andrew Marr show, Ed Balls moaned that his plan was being blamed for overly cautious Headteachers banning all adults from schools. Why do you think they have become so ridiculously over cautious Mr Balls? Might it have something to do with the atmosphere or universal mistrust that your poorly thought through plans have created.
Protecting children is hugely important, but we mustn't lose sight of the damage that is done in creating a gulf between adults and children.
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