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  • Instead of jumping to conclusions before the enquiry into little Liam’s death has considered all the evidence your are seeking to make editorial capital through your personal prejudices rather than await the conclusions of the enquiry.

    And here was I thinking you were in a different league!

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    Graeme McCormick June 3, 2016 9:32 am Reply
    • Graeme, there has been plenty of time to hold an enquiry into the failures of people and the system, all the ducks will be in a row and the excuses ready, by the time this in depth enquiry has reported the public interest will have faded, no one will take the blame and the dirt will be swept under the carpet.

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      Richard June 3, 2016 9:43 am Reply
      • Let’s just hope that not too many children die unnecessarily in the years taken over an Inquiry.

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        Lundavra June 3, 2016 3:46 pm Reply
    • This is a defensive and mischievous misinterpretation.
      We are simply calling for an honest recognition of the full spectrum of secondary responsibilities involved in this fully dreadful murder – and of the torture of two seven year old boys who may have survived but who will have very seriously troubled legacies of their treatment.
      These two boys must not be forgotten, with every possible assistance given freely to them to try to restore their lives to some semblance of nomality and trust.
      They too will also have had Named Persons – and the theoretical but also failing ‘support’ of the more familiar agencies.

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      newsroom June 3, 2016 5:49 pm Reply
  • Is Brian Taylor a walking (?) talking example of the traditional Central Belt lifestyle?

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    Robert Wakeham June 3, 2016 12:14 pm Reply
    • Robert, I must say he is one of the finest specimens of the Central Belt lunch club.

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      richard June 3, 2016 12:27 pm Reply
  • To take political advantage from a disgraceful and odious crime takes a special type of talent.
    Now let’s get back to the Tory election scandal………

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    Nae Fear Here June 3, 2016 3:20 pm Reply
    • Said by a true hypocrite – you are that ‘special talent’ – I refer to your previous politicising of this dismal saga, NFH.

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      Robert Wakeham June 3, 2016 7:04 pm Reply
  • What newsroom I fear you have really missed is Mr John Swinney’s remarks, telling us that Fife Council did not have a Named Person ‘in terms of the legislation’.

    I’ll just leave that there for people to think about…

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    JB June 3, 2016 6:07 pm Reply
    • I’ve thought about it.
      You’re a bag of wind!

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      Nae Fear Here June 3, 2016 6:17 pm Reply
    • He did indeed – a very weaselly phrase which reveals ‘honest John’ as markedly less than that.

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      newsroom June 6, 2016 12:02 am Reply
  • Whether in Aberdeenshire or in Fife the local authority based initiatives to each introduce their own version of a “named person” policy have obvious short comings. Short comings which have had tragic consequences. On the other hand, what we don’t and can’t know is how many lives they may have saved.
    The existence of a police service doesn’t stop all crime.
    The existence of a fire service doesn’t stop all fires.
    Paramedics can’t keep everyone alive until they get to a hospital.
    Until there is some evidence, perhaps from the pilots , that a “named person” scheme makes the situation worse, I’m prepared to listen to those professionals who work in the field who are calling for this, or something very like it, to reduce the possibility of some kids falling through the cracks.
    Those who seek to hold the social, health and police services culpable need to listen to the professionals and practitioners in those very services as to the systems, procedures and resources that they require. What we don’t need are politically motivated cheap shots making capital out of tragedy.

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    jake June 7, 2016 12:04 am Reply
    • Jane, I respect your views but have to ask are the parenting skills in Scotland so bad and are families so incapable of dealing with problems that we need this legislation.
      To me it appears to be a further erosion of the parents responsibility of bringing up a child and will add to the further break down of society.
      When you say political ‘cheap shots’ I think it is a case of questioning the caliber of our politicians and how they behave, those that support the legislation are just as bad as those against, trying to add spin to everything that is questioned or challenged drags the principles of parliament into the gutter.
      In cold blooded analysis social services are under resourced and they lack strong leadership, the Scottish government and all MSP’s need to take a good look at themselves before allocating the blame.

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      Richard June 7, 2016 6:04 am Reply
  • Jake – tragedies like Gwynne Bailey and Liam Fee should never be used for political advantage or to stifle debate as the SG and their supporters are attempting to do.
    They most certainly shouldn’t be used to disseminate misleading and inaccurate information to the public as John Swinney and Tam Baillie have done over the past few days.

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    John M June 7, 2016 7:46 am Reply

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