Rev Philip Clements, 79, sold his home in Kent and bought a property in Bucharest which he then signed over to his 24-year-old male model husband days before the couple split up. Rev Clements returned to Britain in September but despite the split, he claims he still loves his younger husband and is willing to give him a second chance.
Kenny MacAskill: We need to protect most vulnerable children Protecting the most innocent and vulnerable is essential and Named Person Legislation will help. Picture: John Devlin KENNY MACASKILL Email Published: 07:00 Updated: 08:21 Thursday 28 December 2017 Share this article 18 HAVE YOUR SAY Named Person Legislation isn’t about a Nanny State and it most certainly isn’t about a state-imposed nanny, writes Kenny MacAskill I’m one of those folks who think that Christmas is for kids. With my own family grown up and in the absence of grandchildren, it’s far quieter and lacks the joy and excitement they once created. However, I still know that it can be a bleak time for many a bairn in a household where not just presents but love and affection can be missing. As a lawyer before I entered parliament I recall dealing with many children’s cases and met families where stimulation for their children was strapping them into their buggy and leaving them for hours in front of the TV where dog faeces were in every room. Tragically, there were even worse cases. ADVERTISING It’s for that reason that I am gobsmacked at the furore over the Named Person Legislation. It post-dates my tenure in office and even sojourn in parliament and I therefore can’t comment in detail on the intricacies. But, children do get hurt and face neglect and it’s most often from those in whose care they are, whether mum and dad or mum’s new partner. Protecting the most innocent and vulnerable is essential. For harm does befall them and more often than not the failure of the state to protect them, at whatever level, came about not through a conscious decision to ignore it but an oversight or assumption that someone else was dealing with it. They simply fall through the gaps between under-pressure offices or officials. When in government I’ve been involved in the aftermath as understandable public outrage demands an investigation, which invariably shows hard-pressed agencies simply failing to record or presuming that another agency was on the case. Rather than hanging an overworked but remorseful official out to dry, surely trying to establish a system that would minimise though could never entirely eliminate the risk of a child falling from the care radar, is a good thing? Now it’s evident that there have been flaws in the legislation as court challenges have disclosed. But, both child protection and data protection are hugely complex areas of law and I sense the errors came about more through drafting mistakes or a lack of consciousness about possible breaches. It’s for that reason that the spirit of the legislation has been upheld by the Supreme Court. Moreover, it’s why the legislation is supported almost universally by agencies and charities that work with and provide for such vulnerable and at-risk children. I can therefore understand why objections would be made to potential data breaches and other specifics in the detail and working of the legislation. My own concerns have been about pressures on staff, whether health visitors or others, and ensuring sufficient time and resource for them. It needs to be got right as it’s vitally important, and MSPs are right to insist upon that. However, I cannot fathom the objection that a few have to the general principles of the proposed law. This isn’t about a Nanny State and most certainly isn’t about a state-imposed nanny. There simply aren’t the resources for that as I know both as a former lawyer and elected representative. I recall a constituent coming in to see me many years ago. She was an elderly lady with the care of her grandchild, as the mother had drug and mental health issues. The child had simply been placed with her following a crisis episode and she’d been left to get on with it. Social work wasn’t in touch with her but the lad was growing and she was struggling to buy football boots for him from her modest pension. She was looking for financial help. Seeking to console her I said I’d contact the social work department who I was sure would help, mentioning that in many ways she should take it as a compliment that they’d not been in touch. They knew she was a good-hearted woman and the child was safe which was why she’d never heard further. The social worker confirmed that, apologising and explaining that he had more than 300 children on his books in just the one area of the city, and it wasn’t the most deprived. He’d known the child was safe and well looked-after and simply left alone. Funding was obtained and all was well. There was no interference, that social worker just hadn’t the time and a named person for that child won’t see it invoked either. I also recall a distressing case many years before I entered parliament. Clients of mine had a child. She though had learning difficulties and he was blind. Childcare was problematic not through wilful actions but ignorance. Social work instructed the council lawyers to seek parental control orders and ultimately freeing for adoption. Those parents loved that child despite the dangers that occasionally they could expose it to. I recall the heart-wrenching pleas made by them that drug addicts and alcoholics got to keep their children, but not them. It still distresses me now thinking of it. Thankfully, an Emeritus Professor of Child Care and a learned Sheriff refused the adoption request and though parental rights were given to another family, contact was retained by the birth parents. In the ideal world support would have been given so that child could have stayed with its birth parents. But resources there weren’t and officials were too busy going from house to house checking on parents who could normally cope but were capable of neglect and the calamity that could follow. That’s why I cannot understand the suggestion of unbridled state interference. It’s neither sought nor practicable. Just as councils can’t take every child into care nor can they monitor every home. Moreover, the state isn’t a very good parent and supporting at home’s more often a better solution than a children’s home. But that resource is limited and doubtless diminishing. It’s the season of goodwill. Let’s hope that agreement can be reached to protect our most vulnerable children this coming year.
Read more at: https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/kenny-macaskill-we-need-to-protect-most-vulnerable-children-1-4648306
I have seen the tweets by @AnnaRaccoon2017 alluding to some ‘link’ or ‘coding’ which connects to her website.
SnowFlakeHewson.wordpress.com is in no way connected to or affiliated with Anna Raccoon. Until this was flagged by Mrs Raccoon I had never engaged with her.
Should anyone – especially that Snowflake – Barbara consider using this as a means to further attack Mrs Raccoon, you will be wasting your time.
I have checked the source code and nothing is there. There is no link to this blog. I do not know how or why this has shown on Mrs Raccoon’s source code but I apologise for this, even more so since it comes at what can only be described as an already turbulent time for Anna.
Its long been believed Barbara Hewson departed Hardwicke after a disagreement over her controversial comments regarding the age of consent.
The reality: Barbara Hewson left after complaints by several tenants and other Barristers/Solicitors to Hardwicke.
Barbara Hewson was reported to Hardwicke for bullying, this included homophobia, racism and drunken emails to every other tenant at unsociable hours.
Barbara was asked to attend a meeting. On the morning of the meeting, Barbara didn’t turn up. Barbara chose to call in rather than attend in person – She was described as being Obviously drunk and was making HOMOPHOBIC SLURS AGAINST NAMED INDIVIDUALS AND SWEARING.
Please note that this was in the early morning, before lunch. SHE WAS PISSED BEFORE LUNCH.
Barbara decided during this phone call “to leave Hardwicke” knowing she would be forcibly ejected if she didn’t.
Which raises the question What was the real reason she departed Mansfield 1 Grays?
Coming just days after a “Mr Whistler” contacted City University lodging a malicious complaint regarding one of their lecturers, Barbara Hewson has been sending late night demands to other Twitter users which may amount to harassment – if she follows through with her threat.
Will “Mr Whistler” now step in – or one of his other personas – to report Mehul on Barbara’s behalf?
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Mr Goodwin, unsure what to do with this contact, sought help. Via a third-party with no direct contact Mr Goodwin received the following advice:
“Most of the Tweets aren’t about Barbara Hewson. She is taking offence on others behalf. Deny the Tweets that do contain Barbara or Hewson are about the Barbara Hewson complaining if she isn’t tagged in. In regard the Janner’s point out he is dead. Dead men can’t sue.”
Around 4 days later, Mr Goodwin(@Ciabaudo) received the following email:
“Dear Twitter User:
This is a follow-up to our correspondence, dated July 31, 2016, regarding your Twitter account, @ciabaudo.
In accordance with applicable law and our policies, Twitter is now withholding the following Tweet(s) in Ireland:
We have sent a copy of the request to Lumen (formerly, Chilling Effects). It will soon be available at the following location: https://lumendatabase.org/
We cannot provide legal advice. You may wish to contact your own attorney about this matter.
The following PDF is the complaint by Johnson’s Law Firm which triggered this failed attempt by Barbara Hewson to censor Mr Goodwin: Johnson’s Law Firm pdf
Ladies and gentlemen, I ask you, is Barbara a free speech advocate? Or a washed up hypocritical snowflake that takes offense on behalf of others? Just look at how few of those Tweets mention her. Pathetic. She even resorted to abusing her dead fathers memory by claiming these Tweets could incite others to vandalise his grave. This is both cheap & nasty and an insult to his memory.
I grade your attempt at censoring debate an F for Failure. Please retreat to your #SafeSpace Ms Hewson.
Margaret Jervis, legal advisor to the False Memory Society, linked Ireland’s large number of outstanding child abuse complaints to the Government’s “open-ended” compensation scheme and its definitions of abuse.
Ms Jervis infuriated genuine victims when she said: “The Irish are great storytellers and many, it seems, are making extreme allegations.
SOCA founder-member John Kelly said he was sexually and physically abused during his two years at an Industrial School in Co Offaly.
“My memories are not false. My memories are real,” he said.
“We are deeply offended that we are being accused of being genetically pre-disposed to making up such horrific allegations.”
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Not sure of the school’s history but I know it was a special needs school and closed last year or the year before.
Heard plenty of rumours this place was slowly being trashed by the neds and sure enough evidence suggests so. This place is HUGE, got lost several times!! The classrooms are all the same, once you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all, but found plenty of little gems to keep me happy =]