Ninety children taken into care each day, figures show – BBC News

Here’s an alarming story with deeply biased reporting from the BBC. It reports that the number of looked-after children reaches a record high, with 90 taken into care every day last year.

Source: Ninety children taken into care each day, figures show – BBC News

Reading the story quickly, it’s easy to come away with the conclusion that the negative trend is because of the government’s austerity policies. It ignores that some local authorities have been more effective than other in introducing effective cost reductions, rather than cuts to quality and service.

There is also room for concern about the concistency of quality of service from care workers. There’s a worrying public sector trend of laying off the most experienced staff who also happen to be the most expensive. Government bean-counters will look to the cost per employee but are oblivious to the quality of the deliverable.

Then there’s context. Why have the numbers deteriorated? Is it to do with the lifestyles of their parents and guardians?

It’s a shame that the BBC, once the gold-standard is now so biased.

Thoughts?

 

 

7 times Trump tried to call off the dogs on Russia – The Washington Post

Even if you’ve switched off politics for the Summer, it’s time to wake up to reality. According to the Washington Post, there’s a growing body of evidence mounting against Trump. It highlights the seven times Trump tried to call off the dogs on Russia.

Source: 7 times Trump tried to call off the dogs on Russia – The Washington Post

The seven examples provides powerful insights into Trump leadership and political skills.

There are probably only three political outcomes:

  1. Impeachment
  2. Trump’s resignation, or
  3. Trump fighting the system and running his full term.

The chances of (3) seems increasingly remote. In the Autumn, it’s increasingly likely that financial support for the US government will collapse, sending thousands of civil servants home.

As for option (2), Trump is used to playing poker and won’t resign unless he family is seriously threatened, probably as a result of investigations into Russia.

This leaves impeachment but for the moment the GOP has been greedily looking out for their best interests and those of their sponsors.

Any thoughts on when the cards will crash?