I must continue to warn, as long as I can, against the threats to our freedom now massing on all sides.
My blood ran cold at the story of a psychiatrist who is alleged to have labelled parents with mental ‘disorders’ so that their children were snatched away from them.
One has been exposed, and thank heaven for that. But how many others continue undisturbed?
There are growing signs of the State's power to burst in on private lives and wreck them
Such ‘disorders’ are 90 per cent jargon and ten per cent guesswork.
There is no objective test for them. If a qualified person says you have one, you have one, and goodbye to your children for ever.
How can this possibly be permitted in a supposedly free country?
Like the secret family tribunals, in which parents struggle in vain against loaded accusations, from which they are not permitted to defend themselves, these are growing signs of the State’s power to burst in on private lives and wreck them.The abuse of psychiatry is a symptom of tyranny. I have no doubt that many psychiatrists are honourable and thoughtful people.
But their discipline, which largely lacks any objective measures, can all too easily be used to crush individuals for the purposes of the State.
If it can be deployed to snatch children, then there is not far to go before it is also used to terrify or subdue opposition.
The old Soviet Union employed it for this purpose. I once met (and I will always be proud to have shaken his hand) Dr Anatoly Koryagin, the fantastically brave Russian psychiatrist who spoke out against this perversion, and who was then himself locked away without trial in conditions so vile that his own wife could not recognise him.
When the USSR was still there, we always had before our eyes a great glaring warning of where the seemingly nice ideas of ‘progressives’ and reformers can so easily lead.
Since its collapse, we have assumed that the danger is gone. Far from it. Our homegrown revolutionaries were liberated by the fall of the Soviet Union.
No longer were their weird anti-family, anti-patriotic views associated with treachery and oppression.
And so they fanned out into the schools, the Civil Service, the newspapers, the universities, the BBC and even the medical profession.
And those of us who experienced Soviet power and remember it are endlessly reminded, in the politically corrected one-party state that is modern Britain, of that miserable place.
Those of us who experienced Soviet power (Stalin, pictured) and remember it are endlessly reminded, in the politically corrected one-party state that is modern Britain, of that miserable place
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