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Social Services to visit Dave?


interzone55

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18391663

Innocent mistake I know, but if it was someone off a council estate they'd have Social Services round in no time

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Forum Editor

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Sometimes attitudes amaze me.

On the one hand political leaders are castigated for not being in touch with reality, and then, when they do something as normal as having a pub lunch with a few friends and their children they are treated like criminals for making the kind of mistake that millions have made.

No harm came to this child, and I'm sure her parents were mortified when they realised what had happened. There are far more important things for us all to be concerned about.

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Mr Mistoffelees

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A ridiculous about a ridiculous non-story.

The media stirring things up to make a mountain out of a pin-head.

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Joseph Kerr

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Nothing should happen as regards th eprotection team. They are not the child's parents.

And Condom is right.

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Forum Editor

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Namtas

You've decided that my response was unjustified, and you've decided that it was a criticism. If you bothered to read it carefully, rather than jumping in with a display of your personal bias you would see that I simply said I wasn't sure what the originator's point was, and asked why, as there was an acknowledgement of an innocent mistake, it was necessary for there to be a discussion.

You're entitled to make your own contribution, but have the good grace not to do precisely what you (wrongly) blamed me for doing, and make an unjustified and totally unnecessary criticism.

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QuizMan

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What I find surprising is that, according to later TV news, the incident happened several weeks ago. So the questions that go through my mind is who told the story to the media and why?

The news article from alan14 and repeated on television stated that "Downing Street said no protection officers would face disciplinary action over the incident...." Another question - why on earth should they?

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Forum Editor

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"why on earth should they?"

I suppose you could say that the duty of the special branch bodyguards is to safeguard the Prime Minister and his family, if they are present. That being the case, I can understand a degree of concern. The real point here is that there was a misunderstanding between the parents, and I guess that David Cameron has indicated that no blame should attach to Special Branch officers.

It happened weeks ago, but now it has come to light, and of course it's a gift as far as the media are concerned.

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bluesbrother

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When my kids were younger it was my responsibility to ensure their safety. No one else. I never assumed anything.

I doubt very much that is an uncommon attitude among responsible parents so I find a few remarks made here a bit strange, "many of us have "misplaced" our children from time to time" and "making the kind of mistake that millions have made".

How many people here have ever left their kid in a pub?

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Aitchbee

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I once 'forgot' about my little brother when we were on a family holiday in Saltcoats (a west of Scotland sea-side holiday resort) in 1965. I was 11 and my little brother 5. It was my fault he wandered off, as I was too interested in trying to win ROLL-A-PENNY at the amusements! He was found, safe and sound, and is now a Black-Cab Taxi Driver in London...who has done 'The Knowledge'

It's funny how things work out.

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morddwyd

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"How many people here have ever left their kid in a pub?"

Not in a pub, but outside Woolworths in his pram for twenty minutes.

We were actually at home having a cup of tea when we realised the baby was a bit quiet.

Maybe we haven't all done it, but a hell of a lot of us have!

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Chegs ®™

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My Mother had many a scare when we were children as my Father was very absent-minded.My sister was frequently forgotten about and left at dancing class(even after the dance school had phoned asking where he was)my brother was left outside many shops and I was frequently lost(in Yugoslavia,I ended up in a Nudist Camp next door to the campsite with an 8ft fence between me and our tent)yet I too became a taxi-driver.My partner lost my daughter when shopping in Woolworths(she was 4yrs)and the terror that grips you until you find a missing child is unbearable.My daughter simply wandered up to the taxi-rank where other taxi-drivers(who all knew her)looked after her until I returned from a run(at warp-factor 9 as I'd received a call from my partner saying she was missing)That said,I don't have a security team looking after me so I might be inclined to ask how could the PM's daughter be left behind and leave it at that.If however,something untoward had occurred to his daughter the Camerons would've been distraught and the security team would probably be sacked/reviewed and we'd hear the oft quoted mantra "lessons will be learned"

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