Friday, November 14, 2008

Baby P and the trial by media

With the rest of the country I am grieving the death of Baby P. Here I am in Haringey, looking out at the lights of the borough. My fingers are inches from clicking on the Sun's petition that 'ALL the social workers involved in the case of Baby P, including Sharon Shoesmith, Maria Ward and Gillie Christou... and that the doctor and health visitor involved with Baby P, Dr Sabah Al-Zayyat and Paulette Thomas, should also lose their jobs.'

I have already written to my MP demanding that she see that the correct people be dismissed without payouts.

But this is becoming a trial by media, and that is very, very wrong. We do not know exactly which social workers failed Baby P. Clearly somebody did. But I think we have to wait for the enquiry to do its job, not allow the sun to conduct a trial of its own. Otherwise we risk making Haringey social services even worse than they are already.

The horrible thought crosses my mind: How many other children are suffering and being abused here, not far from my house? What have we done to this society? What is this monster lurking at the foot of the hill? At the end of the day I suspect that the Sun are probably right. How could any decent social worker have allowed this to happen?


Blogger transfattyacid said...

Yeah but what other choice fdo you have?

You can't unelect the police who failed to investigate the abuse, or the social workers who abetted it, or the lawyers who told both parties to drop the case, or the doctor who completely failed in her duty of care.

You might be able to cast your vote for councillor, but even they can't get rid of any of these people.

So why not accept that the system is so broken that the only way you can express your disgust is by adding to the Sun's petition and hoping that shame will bring about some sort of change.

Friday, November 14, 2008 11:57:00 pm  

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