A "major investigation" is under way to find a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour after he was taken by his parents from hospital without the blessing of doctors.Because doctors are God! What, you think you’ll decide if he needs more painful (and maybe hopeless) treatment, or if maybe another country can perhaps do better than the NHS? Who do you think you are? What makes you think you have any rights? You’re just his parents…
I notice there’s no mention of a court order forbidding their actions in any of the reports. Is this because the police now feel able to act without one?
Update: There being sod all on TV last night, I decided to ask a few questions on Twitter. I got nothing at all to my repeated queries to the police social media accounts or media outlets Tweeting the appeals, who remained firmly in 'broadcast only' mode:
From others, I got some....surprising...answers:
Yes, folks, that's a police federation rep in 'Never mind the laws, they are irrelevant when there's a crisis at hand!' mode.
And then...there were the 'ends justify the means because there's a ickle kiddiewink involved!' people. There were a lot of these:
And even those who you'd think might be a bit wary of the state bypassing all legal gateways and abrogating parental rights to themselves proved less than interested because RELIGION!
This despite the media reports being very careful to say that this wasn't thought to be a factor.
It really is a funny old world when you find the people who agree about the concerning nature of this case are people you wouldn't normally have anything in common with, isn't it?