Malcolm Armsteen wrote:So, whatever the truth, the Mail is milking this for all it can get, and bugger the three people at the centre of the story.
I just about gagged on the sentimentalist sensationalism. The word 'stupid' is bandied about in quotation marks and it doesn't appear, at least to my one quick read through, to be actually attributed to any source. I doubt social workers called her 'stupid' but there are obvious bad guys in this story and some nasty name calling. "They judged her too 'stupid'" doesn't mean that was their phrasing.
It's full of effusive saccharine blah. She's a slender brunette whose baby wasn't just taken into care, it was torn from her lactating breast. The parents are resourceful, resilient, fighting for what is right and so on and so on. It's quite alright to meet the questions of 'patronising' social workers with silence but I seem to remember Mail readers raging about those involved in the Baby P case for having being brushed off too easily? Well which way is it?
I'm left wondering why their readership aren't feeling immensely patronised. Any smart 12 year old would read that article and think there was something a bit funny about it even if they couldn't quite put their finger on what it was. I do think that many people must know in the back of their mind that they are being played like a piano but privately love this and have no interest in engaging with reality. They just selfishly want their bigotry fed another morsel and the appearance of some validation for their infantile tantrums, regardless of the consequences for others. Their sanctimonious glow is for themselves, not for this family.
Social workers don't just reach decisions like this on the spur of the moment but it suits the Mail to paint that picture. Any sensible person knows they don't just march in to hospitals and snatch babies on a cruel whim so why do so many people get such a buzz out of sustaining this crap? It's really not a healthy way to get your kicks.
On a recent story somebody was ranting and demanding to know why all social workers are loony left liberals. Perhaps they should wonder why so few are right wing types? Maybe working with people in incredibly difficult circumstances is more than some people are willing to take on?
To hell with the Mail, it spreads hysteria about social problems than savages the people actually prepared to do something about them. What exactly do they want?