|'Vile Product of Welfare UK' shouts this vile newspaper|
This I no way detracts from the selfless actions carried out by the community in trying to protect their own - it could be argued they too were betrayed by Mick and Mairead Philpott, and the third person Paul Moseley. The local community was also committed to getting justice for the six Philpott children.
By the time of the trial this year the country knew the intricate ins and outs of Philpotts relationships, the seventeen children born to several partners and his violence towards the women in his life. A 2007 documentary programme 'Ann Widdecombe Versus the Benefits Culture (2007)' had Widdecombe spending a week interviewing Philpott, as well as trying to get him into work (she found him three jobs none of which he took up) - despite receiving "a large slice of her mind"!
Last week Phipott, his wife and Moseley were found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to long terms of imprisonment.
As is the way with such high profile cases, they are then subject to a post mortem; and who better to assume the role of forensic pathologist to the corpse of this story, than the Daily Hate and Scum.
The Daily Mail's, now notorious headline, read, in reference to Mick Philpott's way of life: 'Vile Product of Welfare UK'. This is probably the most disgusting message ever printed onto the front page of a British newspaper; and I assure you there have been nasty words highlighted on the front covers of the scum press over the past few decades.
To use such an extreme case to denounce a welfare system that has assisted the lives of scores of millions of people over the past seven decades, as culpable in the murder of six children is a disgraceful misrepresentation of the social security offered by such a scheme.
Unwilling to let this filthy bandwagon of hate and lies trundle into the obscurity it deserves, the government jumped straight on. Osborne, Cameron and the vile Duncan-Smith all held up the Philpott case as the predominant argument of the welfare state's failings. Such stories are of course grist to the mill of this government; and give more clarity to the class differences this government is exposing.
Owen Jones in the Independent puts it quite clearly when he asks us to 'Blame the man, not his class'; and goes on to state: "The truth is that the Philpotts say nothing about anyone, except for themselves, just as the serial murderer GP Harold Shipman said nothing about middle-class professionals. There are, and have always been, a small minority of individuals capable of breathtaking cruelty. The Philpott case relates in no way to people on benefits in this country."
This crime came about due to the fact that Philpott had a predatory, manipulative, controlling personality, that led to habitual violence and grossly irresponsible, hedonistic, selfish lifestyle; and he is a psychopath with narcissistic tendencies.