Been reading the news again which isn't always a good idea...one article was about the NHS...that's the British National Health Service...refusing to pay for a gastric band operation for baby P's so called mother.
She's been released from prison and is living in a bail-house, which I presume is the same as a half-way house, where she is allowed freedom to go out and about...and she spends all her money on sweets and chocolate bars and MacDonald's. So she's extremely obese.
And she asked for the operation because she doesn't like being fat and won't get a boyfriend looking as she does...
She was told by Doctors to follow a diet...take exercise etc...and then, if she still needed a gastric band after proving she was willing to meet them half-way, they'd consider it.
While in the bail-house she attends a programme of lessons in healthy living...looking after children...( rather late in the day for that ) and literacy and numeracy skills.
But...go back a few years to when she was at school...why did no-one pick up on the fact she could neither read nor write...and if she was a school refuser then why weren't her parents or her care-givers called to account...
Why don't prisons provide lessons in basic household skills...and why in heavens name don't they have childcare classes. The longer someone goes without receiving the absolute basic grounding for living a half way decent life the harder it is to teach them...and for them to learn and absorb at least some social skills.
It'll be money of course...lack of funding for extracurricular activities in prisons...lack of the old-fashioned but extremely effective truant officers...
There are sufficient monies available though, to give this woman enough pocket money to buy plenty of fast food and sweets. Along with the pocket money given out to her house mates, because of course she isn't the only one.
A few years ago I had occasion to visit our local high security prison and was talking to one of the Officers at length about the lack of basic funding for activities for the men in his care. And he painted a grim picture of workshops left empty because there was no-one to supervise...literate prisoners unable to access the library and illiterate men...at his estimate probably in the region of 80% of the prison population...left with one class a week to teach them to read and write always providing the volunteer teacher turned up.
It seems to come back to school each time...why are children allowed to leave school unable to read...why does no-one give a toss if those children simply stop coming...
Baby P's mother is probably border-line in the intelligence stakes...but she was pretty much left to her own devices to acquire a violent boyfriend and his paedophile brother...give birth to a child she hadn't a clue about how to care for and then didn't have the wit to intervene while those two men beat him until he died...why didn't anyone call a halt?
Why didn't a nurse in the maternity unit point out this dozy girl can't manage...why wasn't a known paedophile under some sort of supervision instead of being allowed to live in a house with a child...
We don't interfere do we...we don't shout and holler and say this has to stop...we don't have clear rules anymore...you go to school whether you don't like the maths teacher or not...tough. You don't speak out loudly and clearly if you are fearful of the care a child will receive once he's home alone with a woman who patently doesn't have a clue...Prison officers have their hands firmly tied behind their backs if they protest about workshops being closed...
Social Workers are wet behind the ears and haven't the nounce to barge their way into houses and demand to see a child or children ...and it would be against parental rights or some such drivel.
Baby P's mother will have another child...she'll think it'll love her and when it cries she'll ignore it or smack it to make it stop...so I do hope someone sees sense when she finds a man who'll have unprotected sex with her and whip that baby away the minute it's born.