Friday, April 16, 2010

More Right Wing Morons

Looks like social workers are now officially too crazy even for fellow leftists:
Social workers behaved like officials in 'Stalin's Russia or Mao's China' in attempting to remove children from loving mothers, senior judges have said.
Needless to say, there's still a way to go. One judge manages to hit on two of the daftest clich├ęs social workers use to excuse themselves, before finally hitting on the key point:
[Lord Justice Wall] said the case would do little to dispel the public perception of social workers in care proceedings as 'trampling on the rights of parents and children' while removing youngsters into 'an unsatisfactory care system'.

The judge, who will today be sworn in as president of the High Court's Family Division, becoming the most senior family law judge in the UK, acknowledged that social workers were often 'damned if they do and damned if they do not'.

But he insisted they had a clear legal duty to 'unite families rather than separate them'.
Well, quite. As a matter of black letter law what they were doing was illegal. This isn't a case of tomat-o/tomat-ah - they're not damned if they do break the law, damned if they don't. Ditto, it shouldn't be just the Daily Mail that thinks public servants acting illegally is a bad idea.

Still, all things considered, their Lordship's collective comments blow a hole through every excuse social workers have ever used to justify their thuggery.

All of which is by way of saying that, for those of you keeping score at home, senior judges are now to the right of the Nu Tories. Either that, or even senior judges in the family courts don't know what social workers 'actually do'.

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