For a few seconds, time stopped and the audience dropped a collective jaw as Yasmin Alibhai-Brown asked if we knew that the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne’s brother was a Muslim convert, Mohammed Osborne. No we didn’t! But…but… how did that happen?
Has anti-smacking laws created a lawless society? David Lammy MP certainly think so. In fact, in an article for the Guardian, he goes as far as to say that the riots last August are a result of working class parents not being able to physically discipline their children and doing so would prevent them from joining gangs and entering into knife crime.
In the aftermath of the riots, I do wish the political point scoring by both parties would just stop. Whilst crisis often offers the opposition party an opportunity to make political impressions, does every news programme or media discussion on the riots have to be based on one party having a go at the other? I feel in this case neither party can wash their hands of the problem behind the riots. Hasn’t today’s generation of looters been exposed to both party’s ideologies over the past 20 years?
Recent reports and reviews of maternity units and last night’s Panaroma programme have highlighted the failures of maternity units up and down the country. With a baby boom of one child born every 40 seconds, patient to midwife ratio at 32 to 1, and complications and fatalities increasing, it is even more evident that good quality maternity care is vital and demanded.
This particular subject is very close to my heart as my own birth story nearly ended up as a tragedy totally due to an understaffed unit and appalling midwife care.