The Sun newspaper often calls for some pretty idiotic policies, but this one takes the biscuit.
In an editorial it says the government should try and ‘spot future criminals’ at a young age, because researchers claim its possible.
If implemented it would mean that toddlers could be branded as criminals and perhaps even taken away from parents, without even committing a crime.
You think we’re joking? Not at all.
Here is the editorial, in full, posted yesterday (scroll to the bottom):
THE apparently overwhelming success of David Cameron’s Troubled Families Programme was a mirage.
But it isn’t a bad idea — just fatally flawed in how it is run.
International researchers now claim future criminals, and even long-term benefit claimants, can be identified aged just three from simple tests.
The minority of adults who soak up four-fifths of social costs could thus be spotted as toddlers.
So early intervention may yet pay dividends. It just needs a new approach.
So yeah, the Sun thinks this branding toddlers ‘future criminals’ is a good idea.
It also implies they should be locked up early to save taxpayers the cost.