John on November 17, 2008 at 3:31 pm
Melanie Phillips in the Daily Mail:
Baby P’s household lifts a curtain on this underworld – a home reportedly littered with dead animals, where another child was regularly savaged by a Rottweiler as part of the dog’s ‘training’, and one of those convicted of Baby P’s death had previously tortured his own grandmother to make her change her will to his benefit.
Ignoring the fact that this underclass has become detached from the most basic values of civilised life, the so-called progressive intelligentsia declares that its only problem is ‘poverty’. Accordingly, it has supplied lone mothers with benefits on the basis that they were most in need.
The result has been financial incentives for unmarried women to have multiple children – whose primary need was to have a committed father and stable family life, the very need government policy ensured would never be met.
Those who warned of the individual harm and social catastrophe that would result were vilified as bigots. The only judgment to be permitted was that judgment of anyone’s lifestyle was wrong.
Under this monumental pressure, academic research into family life was systematically corrupted to claim falsely that no serious harm was done to children from the fracturing of the family.
The truth about family life was deliberately concealed. Research shows a vastly greater risk of violence and abuse by boyfriends or stepfathers than biological parents or married spouses. A recent American study says a child is 50 times more likely to be abused by a non-biological parent.
In Britain, however, official statistics years ago stopped distinguishing between married and unmarried households, so it became impossible to identify the risks from unmarried relationships. Instead, ‘progressives’ claimed falsely that husbands and fathers posed the greatest risk to women and children.
The whole thing is worth a read. It’s not hard to see how the Prop 8 hysteria could be seen as part of the general trend she’s writing about.
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