Sharon Shoesmith : what?

CF wrote this, below, nearly 2 years ago.

In all the furore and prurient reportage around the death of Baby P, it's all too easy to forget that others have suffered too. That's right - many of the people associated with this case have had their careers blighted and their reputations damaged; some have even lost their jobs.

There's the doctor, Sabah Al-Zayyat, scapegoated and dismissed; and all because she didn't spot that the toddler she was examining had a broken back. After all, its not like you can see a spine, is it? How's anyone supposed to know everything thats wrong with a child, just by examining it? And yet, for this oversight, the unfortunate doctor's career has been abruptly terminated.

But there's a ray of hope for Doctor Al-Zayyat. She's bravely picked herself up from this setback and trotted along to a tribunal. If she wins, she could get her job back and claim 65,000 compensation for this terrible insult to her abilities. Best of luck, Sabah!

Maria Ward, Peter's Social Worker, has also been dismissed, on some trumped up 'Gross Misconduct' charges. Why? Apparently because she failed to spot any problems with Baby P. But the poor, overworked lady had only been able to see him on nine seperate occasions. That's not really enough to form an opinion, is it?

And, to make her job harder, the child's carers had completely disguised his horrendous multiple injuries by putting some chocolate on him. How was she supposed to see through that? There was nothing in the training about that. Hope the tribunal solves your problem, like, Maria.

Cecilia Hitchen, number 2 in the Child Protection agency, is also taking her case to a tribunal. She lost her 80,000 pound a year job without compensation, and really, she thinks this is most unfair. After all, she was only a senior manager - its not like she was actually talking to these ghastly dysfunctional families and their unfortunate kids. So why's she been dragged in?

The list of victims goes on. There's Gillie Christou, who was Maria 'is that a bruise no its chocolate' Ward's supervisor. There's Clive Preece, Head of Safeguarding at Haringey. Both have also been sacked, purely because they made the decision to send Peter back to his mother, rather than placing him with a foster family. Anyone can make a mistake, right? Both are appealing, of course.

But in all of this tragic affair, the person who has probably suffered the most is poor, poor Sharon Shoesmith. She was on a salary of 130,000 pounds as Head of Childrens Services. But she never got to see that salary grow; it was snatched away from her after a few short years. It might have grown into a salary of which she could be proud. But not now.

Luckily, Sharon is receiving financial support, so she can take her case of unfair dismissal to the High Court, and perhaps get this monstrous wrong overturned. Fingers crossed, Shazza!

So, spare a thought for these unfortunate people, and try to imagine their suffering.

We should all follow the progress of these tribunals, and make sure that - no matter how long it takes - justice is done.

Obviously Ms Shoesmith has not rested, and has now achieved what she wanted.

For fuck's sake.

Same ol' same ol' ?

So, Mr Bean  - sorry, lil' Ed' - sorry, Ed Miliband - has summoned up the courage to crawl from beneath the wreckage of his party's failed 'project' and say a few words today.

A few words to future students, who might be wondering where the fuck their beer 'n' kebab ('n' textbook, perhaps) money might be coming from.

He gave us all the benefit of his opinions in a little speech, with the cute-but-catchy soundbite "the Jilted Generation". Oh dear God. Spare us the spin..

But, for once, even the boys 'n' girls over at the normally compliant Staggers are not convinced.

As they point out, this is the man who said, a few weeks ago

"We must have a system that promotes equal opportunity .. and provides fair and sustainable funding for universities. That is why there is such a strong case for moving towards a graduate tax and why we will develop a proposal in our policy review"

Not only that, but back then he also got a big stick and forced former Posty, former Cabinet minister, Alan 'Black 'n' White Cat' Johnson to say

"We are now seeing how casually the variable fees system can be distorted with such damaging effects. It is in these circumstances that there is a strong case for a graduate tax, which may offer a fairer way of sharing costs between individuals and government.

So what did Mr Bean say today? When talking to the Jilted Generation?

I also know we can only meet people's desire for a better politics if we make promises we know we can keep. At this stage, I can't make a promise on tuition fees, but I am clear about our guiding principles."

"Strong Case"? "..can't Make a Promise"? Can you see what it is yet? That's right: it's expediency and hypocrisy and bullshit...



Twitter is alive! Exciting news floods around the world.

“@SkyNewsBreak: Chelsea FC say they have parted company with Carlo Ancelotti”

Apparently, a bloke, who is paid more than the national average salary - every fucking month -has just lost his job.

What was his job? To 'manage' a group of 19 year old Ferrari-trashers and spit-roasters who are paid more than the national average salary - every fucking week - to kick an inflated leather bag around a field.

Anyway, this bloke has fallen out with his boss, a Russian mafioso who spends more than the national average salary - every fucking day - on running his yachts, helicopters and globally distributed mansions.

And why? Because another bunch of 19 year olds kicked the ball about a teeny bit better, and got marginally more 'points' for doing so.

Even though both bunches of 19 year olds were watched by tens of thousands of people every week, who'd handed over the price of a week's careful shopping for the privilege, often while wearing a brightly coloured shirt that cost the price of a weekend worth of eating out.

Even though both bunches gained their owners literally millions of pounds every month from television companies, who charge their customer tens of pounds every month to watch from afar.

And you think Bankers bonuses are 'obscene', do you?

For fucks' sake...


They think it's all over..

So, that didn't last long. CF returned to the world of blogging yesterday, and the world is - apparently - ending shortly. Talk about shit timing.

Anyway, the very least CF can do is to present his readers, old 'n' new, with this simple guide to tomorrow's "rapture":

Enjoy, and see y'all up there ....


Looking like that, he was asking for it

CF is moved to blog once more by the vast amounts of sheer fucking idiocy swilling around Ken 'Hushpuppies' Clarke and his rambling nonsense regarding rape yesterday.

No sooner was the waffle out of Hushpuppies' stupid mouth than a fucking army of 'victims', relatives of victims, friends of victims and the sort of faux-charidees that hover around anybody who might ever consider themselves a victim poured from the woodwork.

Clarke was condemned by all and sundry, partly because it seems a substantial part of the commentariat feel that unless you've actually been raped - ideally recently and repeatedly - you can have absolutely no understanding of "what it's like" and therefore - in a typically wrongheaded leap of logic - have no fucking opinion on the subject whatsoever.

Don't misunderstand, CF still ain’t no Coalition fan , and certainly has very little time for ol' Kenny. He manages to be both an old-school Tory and have a number of fuckwitted ideas on "Europe" - a revolting combination.

And a man of his age and weight really ought to be able to go out on the media and say what he wants to fucking well say without being reduced to a mumbling imbecility by a DeeJay and a 'caller from London' .But this shouldn't be about him.

One of the original reasons he got onto his hind legs was to float the concept of 'plea bargaining'. The idea that, if a rapist pleads guilty immediately - obviously in exchange for some inducement - then the rape victim is spared the ordeal of having their character, behaviour and even wardrobe analysed and attacked in court: an ordeal in itself. CF guesses many victims would be very, very glad to avoid their day in court.

Obviously - duh - the rapist has got to be offered something in exchange for this. What can you offer someone who's probably going to prison anyway? Perfect - the threat of a longer sentence if they don't play ball, and a comparatively shorter one if they do.

Perhaps this is a reasonable idea - perhaps we should discuss that, eh?

No, fuck it, lets not. Let's attack the old, plummy, white man. Let's bash the Tory. Let's see - in a piece of fucking blatant political opportunism - if we can get a Cabinet Minister fired. That's what important. Dear God.

This could have been a sensible discussion about a 'tweak' to the system to improve things for the victims. To prevent young women being told by defence lawyers that really they were "asking for it", weren't they? To perhaps increase the number reported rapes, given that reporting it wouldn't necessarily get you into a courtroom to face your attacker all over again.

But the 'victims' representatives have killed that stone dead, haven't they? Thanks to the knee-jerkers, that’s not gonna happen, is it? For fuck's sake.