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How Ed Balls And The Sun Made Sharon Shoesmith A Scapegoat Over Baby P

by | 27th, May 2011

SHARON Shoesmith was sacked form her post as the director of social services at Haringey Council in north London in light of the death of Peter Connelly, the media and court’s Baby P.

The Department for Education and Haringey Council will now contest the ruling in the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land. This will mean that more money from the pot is spent fighting a case that should never have gone to court.

The Telegraph misses the point when it askes for the opinion of Emma Boon, campaign director of The TaxPayers’ Alliance, and gets it:

“Sharon Shoesmith presided over a catastrophically dysfunctional organisation that ultimately played a part in the tragic death of Peter Connelly. Her department let down that child and she needed to be dismissed as director of children’s services given that egregious failure. It would be extremely worrying if the incompetence of ministers and authorities responsible have left taxpayers with a big legal bill.”

Pathetic. The woman was tried by media. The Sun was the chief culprit. It made a landgrab for Baby P’s grave, sticking its plaque on an approximation of where the child’s remains were scattered.

Tragic Baby P was finally given the dignity he deserves yesterday – a headstone from The Sun bearing his name, Peter Connelly. We erected the memorial at Islington and St Pancras Cemetery in North London after a two-year wait.

It campaigned for social workers who worked on the case to be sacked. The then children’s secretary was Ed Balls. He locked onto the narrative and as a dad presented himself as the voice of the decent masses. He removed Shoesmith from her post without giving her the chance to put her case. He sacked her on the telly. That was pandering to the mob and the Sun . It was wrong.

The BBC reports:

Sharon Shoesmith was once part of the solution to Haringey’s problems. As its £130,000-a-year children’s boss, she was praised for improving the borough’s schools.

But the death of 17-month-old Peter Connelly in August 2007 plunged the authority into chaos and unleashed a tide of press and public anger.

On 1 December 2008, she switched on the television to watch the then Children’s Secretary Ed Balls describe her as “unfit for office” and announce that he was directing Haringey Council to sack her. She had no warning.

Now, after a two-and-a-half year legal battle, she has had that decision declared unlawful and reversed by the Court of Appeal.

Haringey Council must provide an appropriate settlement for her and she will be eligible for substantial compensation for loss of earnings and a career ruined.

You might think Balls a pillock. The Sun is unimpressed with justice:

SHAMELESS Sharon Shoesmith may pocket up to £1m in compensation – after winning an appeal over her sacking for the Baby P scandal.

The woman is not shamelss. She said at the time of the case that she felt suicidal. The Sun goes on:

Baby P – Peter Connelly – was 17 months old when he died in August 2007 at the hands of his mother Tracey Connelly, her lover Steven Barker and their lodger, Barker’s brother Jason Owen. The child had suffered 50 injuries despite receiving 60 visits from social workers, doctors and police over the final eight months of his life.

A series of reviews identified missed opportunities when officials could have saved his life if they had acted properly on the warning signs in front of them.

But despite this, Shoesmith today won a High Court appeal against her sacking.

All true. But why did she lose her job on

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