Victims of the Welfare State

I think the case of the death of Baby P is by now well known, and the Guardian has an op-ed on it. There are plenty of comments on the piece, and Samizdata has published one of them. After (correctly) laying the blame at the government’s doorstep, the reader says – “There is no hope for Britian. Civilisations dont die, they commit suicide. And before they commit suicide, they read and believe the Guardian.”

Read it.

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  • omnologos  On November 20, 2008 at 6:03 am

    You know, ‘totle, there is something strange about the whole Baby P story, starting from the inability of the father to notice anything wrong.

  • Aristotle The Geek  On November 20, 2008 at 11:49 am

    ‘Strange’ is the right word to describe the whole case.

  • omnologos  On November 22, 2008 at 7:00 am

    And the picture of the boy all dressed up at a photographer’s? Not what one would expect to be done by your average torturing mother

  • Aristotle The Geek  On November 22, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    About the various pictures, I was a bit confused at first – where did they come from, the baby being unidentified and all? This made sense

    Perversely, the Baby P story, where the child could not be identified, demonstrated the importance of pictures. Most papers, including the Guardian, ran pictures of bloodstained clothing and computer-generated images of the child’s injuries. Some readers protested they were unnecessary and voyeuristic. But any news editor would argue that, with no other images of the child available, they were essential to engage readers’ sympathy.

    But then, they are real.

    Though the tabloids are having a field day, I tend to believe their version of the story. Some different version of the facts that I am unaware of?

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