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Bitch or irresponsibly vilified by the press and public?
none of this wouldve happened :(
the media needed a bad guy for the story. simple as.
obviously its a different situation but you don't see the had of Wakefield or wherever it was social services being sacked over the Shannon Matthews situation, cos we can all hate on the mother.
and have been for a while, it seems. i would guess that the problems in these institutions are rooted in New Public Management, which in general is efficient and accountable but also mean and ineffective.
but there's no need for the treatment the service got by the media. even if it's crap it needs to be treated dead carefully. i feel really sorry for Shoesmith but in the end she IS the problem since she and her like have been given so much power.
also. MPs Lynne Featherstone and Ed Balls should be fucking ashamed for stirring it up.