We are all born with the capacity for both good and bad.Which is not to excuse their actions, but to examine how they came about.
Everything depends on whether the immature child is raised in a way that develops the good and discourages the bad, or whether something goes wrong with that process.
To label these boys 'evil' is to let the real villains off the hook. These children are the product of evil attitudes within the adult world.
Their personalities have been warped and their ability to feel for others blocked off because they have been deprived of the essential condition for developing into normally functioning human beings: a secure and loving family in which the basics of civilised life are programmed into children's characters."She makes it sound as though it needed an illustration from Hogarth...", will no doubt be the sniping from the progressives.
Instead, they were abandoned to fend for themselves in a pit of absolute degradation, cruelty and inhumanity.
But, she’s not wrong. Is she?
Their mother, who has seven sons by three fathers, is an alcoholic and drug addict who left them to forage from rubbish bins and fed them cannabis to keep them quiet; their father is a drunken brute, who regularly beat them and forced them to watch violent horror films.How can anyone, even the dimmest, most starry-eyed social worker, claim that leaving these children with such a ‘family’ was in their best interests?
And if this wasn’t considered a ‘high-risk’ family, or even unusual, how many more are there out there in the UK?
Children are being born to lone mothers who were themselves raised in shattered homes by mothers who in turn came from identical backgrounds. The outcome is households in which children are neglected and maltreated, subjected to drug and alcohol abuse, violence and emotional chaos; and where the cruelty and indifference they endure is often translated into the sadistic way they treat others.Which, one would think, would be exactly the sort of households that should attract SS attention.
Instead of households where they seem to have been concentrating all their fire…
For the past three decades, warnings that the disintegration of the family would result in social catastrophe were brushed aside. What was deemed more important was never to hurt the feelings of those living in fragmented households and to throw welfare benefits at them instead.I think the inclusion of welfare benefits into this is a bit of a red herring, to be honest. Does anyone think that, should the Edlington family have won the lotto, they’d have smartened up their act?
No. Their poverty is of the spirit, not the welfare cheque.
When Iain Duncan Smith's Social Justice Commission refers to 'broken Britain', it is not exaggerating.Which sounds, superficially, to be the answer.
Mr Duncan Smith himself suggests various imaginative schemes to repair such families, such as ones where both mother and child are taken into care. But such projects are too expensive and intensive to be applied to all the shattered lives which are growing so exponentially.
The problem has to be tackled at source. That's why the head of Barnardo's, Martin Narey, has now said babies born to such mothers should be removed from them at birth and adopted.
But I have the same concerns over this as Ranting Stan, and for the same reasons.
Whatever needs to be done to address the weakness in social work, surely what is necessary is not just to try to pick up the pieces of shattered family life but to prevent it from breaking in the first place.And, in doing so, they ensured that ‘single parent families’ were all lumped in together – the feckless, breeding without conscience or care, along with the families riven by divorce or abandonment and doing their best for their children on limited budgets.
The key is to switch off the motor behind this catastrophe: the prevailing attitudes of a ruling elite which, pretending to be non-judgmental about family background, has actually smashed the traditional family to smithereens.
Far from alleviating poverty, distress and misery, these self-regarding 'progressives' instead created and perpetuated these ills. Holding that the real crime was not to produce neglected or emotionally disturbed children but to ' stigmatise' those who raised them in such a way, they incentivised family breakdown by handing out welfare benefits with no conditions attached to behaviour.
All became tarred with the brush of ‘benefit claimants’ and lumped in with the savage, the helpless, the hopeless and the just plain uncaring as if they were all equal.
Accordingly, a more humane response to unmarried motherhood is to treat it for what it really is - a potential disaster for both mother and baby.The problem being, ‘turning off the benefit spigot’ would not stop families such as this one existing. They’d find the money to amuse themselves elsewhere – probably by crime.
Both should be looked after in mother-and-baby units with specialised help.
Turning off the benefits spigot would also remove the financial incentives that have made such disasters a commonplace - as indeed was intended by the well-heeled intelligentsia, who set out to make unmarried motherhood 'normal' but whose own income cushioned themselves against the worst of the damage that the removal of such constraints on behaviour inflicted upon the poor.
Hurling accusations of 'heartlessness' against their opponents concealed the fact that these 'progressives' were themselves causing unlimited damage and misery - not to mention a steady supply of jobs for themselves in interventionist programmes to 'rescue' the lives they were so cavalierly continuing to destroy.It’s no surprise, no.
It is those people who made morality into a dirty word. Since the essence of morality is feeling for others, and since the essence of psychopathy is the absence of any such feeling, is it any wonder that the result of the doctrines imposed by these 'progressives' has been the creation of psychopathic children?
But I can’t help but feel that the answers still aren’t within our grasp, even if Melanie’s and Martin’s plans were to come to fruition.