The Sharon Shoosmith Affair
No one emerges with any credit from this sad tale of the way that we all failed Baby Peter.
Why can’t Ms Shoosmith accept that as Director of Childrens Services for Haringey she MUST take responsibility for her department’s appalling failure to protect the child? No one is saying that she is personally culpable for his death. Management is all about achieving results through other people and in this case she manifestly failed.
Ed Balls is one of the seedier and more slippery of Gordon’s cronies. You can see him looking sideways in everything he does, watching his back, ducking and diving to avoid any come backs, looking for any opportunity to take credit or blame someone else. Anything that he or his wife, Yvette, are involved in becomes a horrible curdled mess. It comes from mixing too much oil, slime, and vinegar . I can sympathise with Ms Shoosmith about having a boss who is so cowardly, two faced and disloyal.
It’s time to move on. Both of these individuals are history. Somehow, we must find a way to protect vulnerable children effectively.