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Exploiting Baby P: Sharon Shoesmith Gets Ed Balls’ Goat And Jeremy Kyle Baits The Underclass

by | 2nd, November 2013


WHO better than Jeremy Kyle, baiter of the poor and slack-jawed, to tell us what we should think of news that Peter Connelly’s mother, Tracey Connelly, has been released from prison?

In Kyle’s hands the story of Peter Connelley is another chance to fix his gaze on the underclass, who have taken a kicking over this exceptional horror. Here’s what few papers said:

The Daily Mail : ‘[Baby P’s death] casts light on a section of society that gives the lie to Labour’s claim that British society is not ‘broken’ the country’s ever-burgeoning underclass of welfare junkies, drug addicts and single mothers.”

Evening Standard : “Baby P’s background, of which we are now reminded, constitutes an unlovely picture of the British underclass.”

The Times : “The living hell of Britain’s underclass has forced its way into our consciousness several times in the past few weeks.”

NoTW : “…this underclass, this group, of deviants who’ve been allowed to take root in this country and who kill, maim and torture without guilt…this underclass will become even more savage, more feral and more innocents will die.”

Here’s Kyle:

Now the system is wiping its feet on Baby Peter’s grave

Adding without irony:

CAN Baby P ever truly rest in peace while the incompetence and injustice that defined his demise continues?

This is Kyle writing in the Sun , which saw fit to stick its own plaque on Peter’s final resting place.

We’d say that what defined Peter Connelly’s short and brutal life was his mother’s lack of care and her lover Steven Barker and his brother Jason Owen’s vicious assaults on his body and mind. And if you do want to honour the child, Kyle, then at least use his full name.

I am astounded that the head of the organisation that failed Baby P so catastrophically can, in effect, be rewarded for that failure with £600,000 of taxpayer’s cash.

No. She was not rewarded. She was compensated.


What is remarkable is that Sharon Shoesmith was just one part of an industry that monitored Peter, who was on Haringey Council’s at-risk register: in a life lasting just 17 months, he was visited 60 times by the State’s child professionals. Did they all fail? Yes. But it’s just how the system works. This was not the tip of the iceberg. This was an extraordinary cases of depravity. Kyle adds:

If she ran Haringey Children’s Services with anything like the rigour that she ran her campaign for compensation, maybe Baby P could have been spared. Who knows, maybe he’d still be with us.

With us? He never was with us. He was with his weak-minded mother. her Nazi-obsessed boyfriend and his maniac brother.

So while Sharon Shoesmith’s payout sticks in the craw, maybe it’s not so shocking after all.

Alas, it will be paid from council coffers. Hopefully the half-million now to be found won’t expose other kids to the risk Baby P was exposed to as a result. Shoesmith’s payment feels scandalous. How frustrating then that it was prompted by yet more incompetence. The person sacked for incompetence gets megamoney compensation because her sacking was handled incompetently! You couldn’t make it up.


No chief exec will know the minutiae of every case in their department. Nor should they be expected to.

That said, I’d be intrigued to learn just what Shoesmith knew and when… It’s far more likely that the true nature of the unimaginable abuse Baby P suffered never made it to her desk in time.

Shoesmith has not fallen on her sword. She goes forward.

The Express : “EXCLUSIVE Baby P and Daniel Pelka bosses to be star speakers at £360 a head conference.”

Sharon Shoesmith and Colin Green are to appear on the same platform at the London conference entitled, ‘The Baby P legacy five years on: What have we learnt?’ Ms Shoesmith was the director of children’s services at Haringey Council in north London during the time Baby Peter Connelly was being beaten and abused by his mother and two other men. He died of multiple broken bones and other injuries in August 2007. Colin Green was the child protection boss at Coventry City Council when four-year-old Daniel Pelka was murdered by his mother and stepfather in March last year. He retired from Coventry City Council two months ago.


 Neither is being paid to speak at the event, which includes leading academics, other child protection experts and journalists.

The event is chaired by Kingston University’s Professor Ray Jones.

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