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?

 

 

Most people do not believe the Tories are on their side. My party has to change | Phillip Lee MP | Opinion | The Guardian

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Here’s a good op-ed, published in the Guardian/Observer. On the eve of the his party’s conference, a Conservative MP calls for a new vision to recapture support across all ages.

Source: Most people do not believe the Tories are on their side. My party has to change | Phillip Lee | Opinion | The Guardian

Whilst there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with this article, it’s far too weak in my view. With Boris Johnson about to make a leadership bid, the Conservative Party is once again dominated by ‘traditional conservatives’, and the radical reformers are in the wilderness. So far, the Cameron/May years have been squandered, with the rich and privileged going from strength to strength.

I’ve always been a one-nation conservative in the Disraeli tradition but my left-wing friends tell me that one-nation tories are rare beasts these days.

Personally, I can’t see the Conservative Party appealing to younger voters in the next election. But the first step is surely a new leader, with the appeal to win the younger vote?

Thoughts?