Well, lord knows, I’m not the biggest fan of Teresa May, but I doubt she’s King Herod! What’s behind this headline?
Barry Kushner, Labour cabinet member for children’s services, said babies in poorer parts of Liverpool were 50% more likely to die before the age of one.
He claimed infant deaths had been rising since 2011, a year after the Conservatives came to power and began slashing budgets for many services.
The figures are in stark contrast to the historic downward trend in infant death rates in England, which have generally fallen as healthcare has improved since the early 1900s.
Hmmmmm. Does this pass the smell test? Reader, it does not:
Cllr Kushner told the ECHO services like health visitors and public health campaigns had been cut back, wages had barely risen and many benefits had been chopped.
He said this could mean more babies born into stressed, overcrowded or poorly heated homes, where parents struggled to afford healthy food or even bus fares to appointments.
Ah. So what we see here is that the previous government has been propping up dysfunctional families who have, as a consequence, been breeding willy-nilly, because ‘someone else is paying’! And now that tap’s being turned off.
Councillor Kushner clearly thinks using the poor ickle kiddywinks as a human shield against any kind of personal responsibility is a good thing. But that’s because he’s an idiot.
He said mums were more likely to be victims of domestic violence in impoverished households, and more likely to turn to drugs or smoke.
My, that tiny violin is going to have to get even smaller in 2018….