Sunday, 2 November 2008

Just When You Think They've Sunk As Low As They Can Go....

...note that social workers are always prepared to go the distance to sink just that little bit lower:
The letter from Hampshire Social Services was as brief as it was bewildering. ‘Please ring me on the above number,’ it said. ‘I have some information that might be of interest to you.’ This was quite an understatement, as Michael Shergold soon found.

A quietly spoken father of three, he finds that his life rarely gets more exciting than his weekly game of golf. But when he called the social workers as requested, he was confronted with a series of astonishing facts.

They said he was the father of another child - a five-year-old son from a previous, short-lived relationship. A former girlfriend, unable to cope with the demands of motherhood, had handed the boy over to foster parents.
Needless to say, the SS were keen that he didn't get any ideas as a result of this letter:
A meeting with this new-found son was out of the question, he was told, let alone any sort of relationship. He was also informed that the boy was to be formally adopted and that the council was ringing merely to let him know.
But the SS usually work in secret. Why the contact?

Well, that's where it gets even more disturbing than usual:
But there were extraordinary surprises in store for Michael and his wife, Alex. Hampshire Social Services wanted more than just his acquiescence.

Andrew, it emerged, had been diagnosed with a severe problem in one of his organs. For legal reasons, it is not possible to be more specific.

But the boy stands little chance of living beyond his teenage years without a transplant - from a blood relative if at all possible. The most suitable blood relative, it was explained by social workers, was Michael himself.
Yes, they wanted him to be a doner. To his own child, who they had just coldly advised he had no rights to, and would never see. And just in case Michael thought it might be a good idea to bring this monstrous demand into the light of day, so Hampshire taxpayers could see what sort of people they were employing:
The Mail on Sunday asked Hampshire County Council two months ago about its handling of the case.

It responded by obtaining a legal injunction to prevent us printing Michael’s story, claiming that to do so might damage his son’s chances of settling down.
The 'Mail' fought the injunction and won.

Sadly the names of the SS members involved aren't permitted to be printed. They should be. But the last word goes to Michael, because it sums up what a mess we are in in this country:
‘How can social workers sleep at night, knowing they have separated a boy from his real father, a good father who has already successfully raised three children? They won’t even pass on birthday cards.

‘They have stormed in and left us to pick up the pieces. I cannot believe that in this country someone can stop you seeing your own child when you have done nothing wrong.

6 comments:

Tom Paine said...

Well said. What an indictment of our "caring" society.

Longrider said...

How can they be absolutely sure that Michael is the father? That would be the first question I would ask. I'm not sure whether I despise politicians, journalists or social workers the most... Tough call.

Dave H. said...

"Yes, they wanted him to be a doner."

Every time I eat a kebab, I try not to think of its provenance, but I think you meant donor.


I don't like to join the "word verification=" club, though when it's "iranions" I find it slightly scary. Irannucleons would be worse, I suppose.

JuliaM said...

"How can they be absolutely sure that Michael is the father? That would be the first question I would ask. "

Me too, as that would settle the donor suitability as well...

"Every time I eat a kebab, I try not to think of its provenance, but I think you meant donor."

Oh, lol! That'll teach me to post after my morning coffee, not before. ;)

I've seem some odd, and some very appropriate turing codes offered on blogs lately. I think Blogspot is achieving sentience, sometimes...

patently said...

he finds that his life rarely gets more exciting than his weekly game of golf.

Given that he has a five-year-old son that he didn't know about, I might be inclined to disagree with your assessment of his life...

Agree 100% re the social workers, though.

Furry Conservative said...

Depends what he does during the round, I suppose.

Social workers, like other extremist feminists, see men as a necessary evil in begetting a child. After that he is a cashpoint or other resource, to be kept at a very great distance, only to be used when necessary.

As for the child's interests about his real father, well fuck him, obviously.