a sad irony that the news media are eagerly waiting at the court to
bring us the sentences for the manslaughter of the six children in Derby
at the hands of their `parental` wpos (hint, w = worthless).
Sky and BBC news will interrupt
whatever is being screened at the time to get us there live, windswept and almost as it
happens. During the olden days of Albions Fatal Tree, we'd be gathering at Tyburn or Northampton Market or at any of the numerous gibbets that were part of the system of the day, although it is highly unlikely that an incident like this one, committed then, would have raised an eyebrow, let alone a hue and cry, fires and infant mortality being par for the course.
As many of my old chums will know, those poor kids had already
been sentenced to their chaotic lifestyle, pretty much from conception.
There was no media scrutiny of these poor souls then, yet bad times
were very much on the cards from the get-go. I guess being placed by
social services on the `at risk` register, even as an embryo (if the family background and circumstances were risky enough) pales into
insignificance when compared to the end result of this horrendous case.
Of course reporters must be factual in what they report - and very
careful about saying what they really think. I know what that feels like. Its almost as if we must say, `we know there are awful people out there just like this trio, breeding with complete impunity and no perceivable parenting skills, we just have to let them get on with it and hope for the best`. Its wrong to be prejudiced (although it saved my neck on many occasions, maybe I'll call that `sixth sense suspicions`), so I ought to say that the other tragedy is that none of those children had the chance to grow up and make something decent of themselves, maybe even discover a cure for something horrible. The prospects for that happening were pretty remote, way more remote than some or all of them ending up like the people who brought them into the world, but you never really know for sure until one or the other happens, you just have a pretty good idea.
In the below news
article, there is an interesting quote from Professor David Cantor, a
name well known in police investigative circles for his work in
psychological profiling. He stated, "He [Mick Philpott] lived in a world
where he could get away with anything....". Correct, Professor, him and thousands of others - and I haven't got a tenth of your qualifications. I await hearing of his pre-cons with no anticipation of surprise whatsoever.