Not much to say, really. The papers are awash with news, views, op-eds and outrage. Ten days of coverage, more details unfolding daily on the catalogue of inaction. I couldn’t face watching Panorama tonight after reading today’s news. It would have been like getting an abuse-porn fix.
Like the rest of the nation, I feel angry, appalled and disgusted that this poor child was let down so many times.
It’s hard to comprehend that a society sophisticated enough to put people into space, create the internet and develop pioneering medical treatments unthinkable even 5 years ago failed to spot such terrible abuse.
I don’t have children and the nearest I get to maternal is hugging my cat, but I struggle to comprehend how adults can deliberately hurt such a small, young, vulnerable being. How someone can slice off a baby’s fingertips with a stanley knife and snap their spine over a knee, for amusement.
Like others, I had an opinion on Brandgate, but that seems so insignificant now and I wonder where the complainants are now? Where are the sackings and resignations? Where is that someone with the bottle to take put their hand up and take some responsibility?
Baby P won’t be the last child we fail – you can’t stop someone hellbent on doing wrong things – but we need to stop saying “lessons will be learned”. Saying isn’t enough. We need a complete overhaul, not a review, of how we care for the vulnerable.
Don’t let Baby P have died in vain.