Three people yesterday were convicted of manslaughter, killing six children in one fire. The mum, the dad, and a family friend. They apparently set fire to their home, with the intention of saving their children and pinning the blame on someone else. But they didn't save the children. All six of them died. It is tragic. I can't imagine what the last few minutes of those children's lives were like. Hopefully they didn't know that their parents were responsible for their deaths.
It is one of the saddest stories I have heard about for a long time.
So why, instead of focussing on the crime, and the awful loss of six children with so much potential, are certain newspapers using the story to bash benefits claimants? Why is this horrible story being turned into a political rant?
Is this what Britain has become? Twisting a crime such as this to serve political agenda?
This family is not all that is wrong about Britain today. What they did was horrible. But they do not represent any sector of Britain, on benefits or not. They represent a selfish couple. One selfish couple. Who put their own motives ahead of the lives of their children.
It is the press printing despicable articles such as this, and this, that represents all that is wrong with Britain today. Picking on an extreme example to put a whole group of society under the same label. Bashing the poor at the time that the poor are being shat on from such a height by the political leaders.
Benefits don't make people lazy, and they don't turn them into killers and it is shocking that the press is choosing to tell people this.
And it is an abuse of the memory of six dead children.
UPDATE The Mail have changed their front page. Here is a link to a picture of the original front page of the print version.