Saving Children from Who into What!
By Hwaa Irfan
“More children should be taken into care more quickly to rescue them from “a life of soiled nappies and scummy baths, chaos and hunger, hopelessness and despair” declares the Education Secretary Michael Gove within the week of a questionable report by the British government on child sexual abuse. A report that states only 10% of the total they surveyed were subject to sexploitation is remiss of the hundreds of children in children’s homes whose personal sovereignty was vandalized by influential members in British society over decades.
A child only wants unconditional love, a love that was not the part of Liberal MP, Cyril Smith’s life, who abused the personal sovereignty of children. Where is that unconditional love in a children’s home where if they are not subject to some pervert, they are at risk of life of criminality and seeking love from some false hope?
The money spent ‘saving’ children would be better spent on supporting them in the squalor that the austerity measures have subjected them too. In other words their calculations serve only as a measure of their true intentions!
Those who Michael Gove describes as those who should be rescued from “…homes where they are left in their own urine and faeces for days, left to forage for scraps of food and drink and denied warm, clean bedding and clothing” is the perception of a man who has never met members of the classes lower than his for that situation described is not widespread. If it was the case, then social workers have been putting the wrong children into care!
Before being concerned with ” …dysfunctional parents” Gove should be concerned with the examples set by members of his class, who are dysfunctional morally. When that standard is set, and the system they ‘provide’ does not undermine the functionality of a parent, then, and only then are our betters in a position to question parents, and not according to the pseudo-standards set by one of their psychiatrists, Dr. George Hibbert, son of Sir Reginald Hibbert, who would falsely slap labels on parents and have their children put into the hands of social services with the final destination a children’s home.
“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society”
– J Krishnamurti
How would Gove classify the Mason family that lifted itself out of poverty via an inheritance, bought land which they turned into a self-sustaining viable concern providing themselves with healthy natural food, heat, a natural environment for their two sons to explore and grow up in, to be evicted from their own land put in bed and breakfast at taxpayers’ expense, on a diet of fast foods, and handouts!
Or how would Give Gove classify the case of Anne-Marie and Danny who because of a delay in benefits, were faced with eviction, no money, no food, and a hungry 18 month old baby to feed to be only saved by a tin of processed soup from a neighbor?
13 million British (1 in every 5 people) live below the poverty line as a result of rising unemployment, generational poverty, shorter working hours, and being cut off from social welfare, as well as the eradication of the middle class, making the gap from the haves – to the have nots wider i..e. death of a meritocracy.
In 1996, the biggest growth industry was the mental health industry. In 2012, food banks are spreading at a rate of one a week across the U.K. In 2011, there were 88 food banks, and in 2012 as of date there are 190 food banks.
That is Gove’s Britain, and he only wants to penalize the ‘have nots’!
Gove’s comments on the revelations of an enquiry he requested into the Edlington Case by Lord Carlile, Q.C. after a March review by Doncaster Safeguarding Children’s Board did not meet Gove’s expectations like Operation Yewtree does not meet the expectations of the public.
The incident took place in 2009, and involved two brother aged 11 and 10 with a violent history. The brothers carried out a brutal attack on an 11 year old and a 9 year old in Yorkshire at a time they were in fostercare! The attack left the injured in a state of trauma. The attack was sexual abuse, and had been carried out n another boy the week previous.
The boys were under care of the Doncaster Local Authority under 20s of the Children’s Act, I repeat they were in care in the form of fostercare – the same care that Gove is threatening other children with. These boys have over 100 incidents on their record including the attack of teachers and fellow pupils. They grew up in a violent home, exposed to pornography, drugs, and alcohol. However, there is not much that can be ascertained from the report, because it is full of opinions – first person, and accounts pertaining to government policy. The report is perforated with recommendations, yet has only three paragraphs about the case concerned.
If anything, the report provided Gove with a way forward, but it might as well be taking two steps back.
The working and lower classes remain an enigma to the ruling power, and the ruling power remains an enigma unto itself!
Butler, P. “Michael Gove: children at risk of abuse should be put in care more quickly.” http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/nov/16/michael-gove-children-risk-care
“Michael Gove: take children into care more quickly.”http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9683399/Michael-Gove-take-children-into-care-more-quickly.html
Wright, “Michael Gove calls for hundreds more vulnerable children a year to be taken into care, and for an end to ‘preoccupation with rights of biological parents’ http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/michael-gove-calls-for-hundreds-more-vulnerable-children-a-year-to-be-taken-into-care-and-for-an-end-to-preoccupation-with-rights-of-biological-parents-8323896.html