Donna Edmunds is the Head of Media for the Bow Group, but she writes here in a personal capacity
The man that the Daily Mail branded the ‘Vile product of Welfare UK’ is behind bars today, serving the first full day of his life sentence for causing the death of six of his children. There can be no doubt in anyone’s mind that Mick Philpott was indeed vile and thoroughly deserves his sentence, but the claim that the welfare system played a role is proving controversial.
Blogging recently, Daniel Hannan MEP warned against using extreme cases such as these in the wider debate around topics such as welfare: “The last thing we should do is to turn such cases, from either end of the scale, into political weapons. The people involved are suffering quite enough, and extreme examples make for bad policy.”