Friday, 14 November 2008

Shameless politicisation....

. Camilla Cavendish has a truly dreadful piece in The Times which is an eloquent testimony to the right's politicisation of the Baby P death;

"We have always had an underclass. We have never tried so hard before to help people out of it. Yet our efforts have backfired."

"In my bleaker moments I feel that the welfare state has pulled off a truly brilliant stunt: not only has it managed to institutionalise shamelessness among people who might once have been forced to take heed of social taboos."

"I recently bumped into a man I know who grew up in care. He has managed, against the odds, to hold down a job and raise children. But his history means that the authorities keep him in their sights. When he fought to get his son statemented for special needs, he was accused of poor parenting. Yet he sees his feckless neighbours enjoying subsidised rent, benefit cheques and health visits, from a State that seems to condone their behaviour."

Can anybody tell me that is not naked politicisation of an issue??

2 comments:

Charlotte Gore said...

The welfare state is a political issue, and while it stop people physically starving, it does hurt people psychologically.

I've seen families where 3 generations have lived their entire lives on benefits. Whether you like it or not, there's a price to be paid for this and it's not just financial.

Darrell G said...

Charlotte,

I am going to leave that issue for now; what relevance does it have to this case?

Or are you going to join the likes of this commentator and seek to make political capital for your agenda out of this issue??