You have conspired to question whether my children are safe in their own home, with their own parents, without any evidence of justification for doing so. My children are my children, conceived and grown by me, fed and clothed by me, nurtured and loved by me, taught to walk and to speak and to laugh and run and play and live while living in my care. They do not need you. They do not need you to meddle in our life.
My children love life, love to learn, are inspired to discover and explore and grow and adapt and investigate. They do not need you.
My children read for pleasure, draw for fun, run for joy, climb without fear, write for the sheer delight of creativity, make, do, help and care without help from a curriculum, without need for testing, without requirement for intervention. Because i love them, i can plan for their needs, moment by moment and day by day. Their age, abilities and aptitudes change daily and what is suitable – and the methods that will be most efficient, can change daily.
Would you question the right of a person to sit and daydream under an apple tree? Would you consider that to be suitable and efficient? If your answer is no, tell that to the ghost of Sir Isaac Newton. Your definition of suitable and efficient, Mr Balls, has 1 in 6 children leaving school lacking basic literacy and numeracy skills. 1 in 6.
That is disgraceful.
I do not need you to meddle here. I do not need you to review us and define us and defile us. I do not need you to sit in judgement. I do not need you to prescribe for us.
I will not allow you to inspect my children and interrogate them alone. I will not allow you to pass judgement on my family life. I will not allow you to smear me because i have chosen to spend time loving and nurturing my children. I, Mr Balls, have never shut the door on my screaming and hurt child and hidden under a duvet so i can conduct a radio interview. Do you know anyone who has? Will they be investigated?
Do not tell me not to get personal. You made this personal. You have inserted your fear of difference into the family life of every parent in this country – many of whom have not even realised it yet. I can only hope they will. You, i am sure, hope they do not.
I am not a subversive; i have lived my whole life according to the laws, according to the rules and according to the inbuilt desire to do right, to fit in and to be part of society. Sometimes that has not even made me proud of myself, because i would have liked to be more of a trailblazer. But at heart i am nothing more than a person who wants to live a simple, law-abiding life. YOU have turned me into a subversive. You have turned me into a person who questions the motives of my government. You have turned me into a campaigner and a complainer. You have taught me to fear my government. That is not something you should be proud of.
You will not stop me from bringing up my children to be creative, independent, happy, nurtured and curious children. You will not stop them from growing to be who they deserve to be, by trying to fit them into boxes. If i have to, i will leave this country and i will take the business that employs 5 people away with me as well. I will take these beautiful 4 girls somewhere that will celebrate them.
And when this country descends fully into a culture of hoodies and people who only know the same things as each other and all – not just the home educated – all the people with spirit and creativity and flair have fled this country, YOU will be to blame.