Baby P, Haringey, and the hypocrisy at the heart of Government
And so the Director General Mark Thompson did take action. There were suspensions, public reprimands, and the high-profile resignations of senior staff. Cranmer noted how Parliament might learn from the BBC.
And Gordon Brown was content that justice had been done, and public confidence at least partially restored.
Then a woman and her partner murder their 17-month old baby after an appallingly brutal series of attacks upon the infant, which included a broken back, fractured ribs and extensive bruising.
No-one at Haringey Council has been suspended, and no-one has resigned, for it is asserted that ‘proper procedures’ were followed.
But now it transpires that Government ministers were warned of the failings in child protection procedures in Haringey as long ago as February 2007. And they did nothing but pass the buck.
Come on, Prime Minister.
Let us hear of suspensions and sackings, reprimands and resignations.
How else will public confidence be restored in the Government’s ability to protect the nation’s children?
Or is the Ross/Brand affair somehow more morally repugnant and politically unpalatable than the murder of Baby P?