Social workers' actions befitted 'Stalin's Russia', says judgeThe rest of the story can be found here.
Social workers have been accused of behaving like the authorities of "Stalin's Russia or Mao's China" by a judge over moves to permanently remove young children from their mothers.
Lord Justice Wall said the failure of social workers in the London borough of Greenwich to support a mother trying to make changes to her life and get back her two children, who are in care, was ''quite shocking''.
The judge said what occurred would do little to dispel the perception of many that social workers were ''arrogant and enthusiastic removers of children from their parents into an unsatisfactory care system - trampling on the rights of parents and children in the process.''
In a second case, another appeal judge said the actions of Devon County Council in pursuing plans to have a baby adopted without giving the natural mother a last chance to show he was safe with her was likely to be perceived as ''more like Stalin's Russia or Mao's China than the west of England''.
Call me an hysterical reactionary, but this issue has troubled me and I've blogged about it for years. So when you decide how to vote on 6 May, please consider 1) which party holds the greatest responsibility for bringing such a state of affairs about, and 2) which of the political parties is most likely to reverse this injustice. These are real lives we're talking about here, completely destroyed lives, and it is happening all the time across the length and breadth of the land. What a terrible job it must be for decent social workers and Christians who genuinely seek to do what is right, but see so many decisions of this kind reached purely on the basis of ideology or targets.