The tragic deaths of Fiona Pilkington and her daughter Francecca Hardwick are yet another example of how lives can be destroyed by a lack of acceptance of disability and the caring role associated with it.Seriously, love, do you really think that that was the sole cause of her suicide and murder of her children?
Do you think that vicious gangs of feral yobs don't torment people without caring responsibilities, or disabilities, unchecked by the police? Because they do.
We need more investment in this most essential of infrastructure services. Despite the recession, politicians need to be bold in finishing the part of the welfare state that Beveridge left out.I'm sorry..?
If they don't, more carers risk losing their career, their health and their social lives, trapped on state benefits that are a pittance (carer's allowance is just £53.10 a week).
How, exactly, would more money have resolved Ms Pilkington's woes? Should she have used it to hire a hitman, perhaps?
What was needed was the police and justice system to do the jobs we already pay them to do.
These people are scum, there's no doubt. They saw Ms Pilkington and her family as weak. As easy prey.
But you, love? You're worse. You see them as an opportunity...