Tim Loughton, the children’s minister, slams my ‘unhelpful’ campaign against the child-snatchers
The minister responsible, Tim Loughton, does not seem to think that forced adoption is a problem, says Christopher Booker
Last November I was invited to meet Tim Loughton, our Children’s Minister, for what turned out to be an hour-long, off-the-record interview. I was pleased to accept, thinking he would want to discuss the many examples I have reported of how our system of “child protection” has gone horribly off the rails.
I have investigated dozens of such cases, where children are forcibly seized by social workers from loving parents, who find themselves treated like criminals by police, judges, lawyers and “experts” who all seem part of a system rigged against them. All these cases show a similar pattern, in which the basic principles of British justice seem to be stood on their head – a national scandal which can only continue because its workings are hidden behind such a wall of secrecy.
When I met the minister, however, I was disturbed to find that he did not seem to want to discuss what my researches had brought to light. His only concern seemed to be to dismiss the cases I had reported as being a tiny minority of exceptions, wholly unrepresentative of a system which is otherwise working fine.
Since our discussion was off-the-record, I naturally observed the rules by not referring directly to what passed between us. But Mr Loughton has now attacked me in a magazine interview, describing my articles as “damaging”, “demoralising” and “very unhelpful”. He also let the magazine print a letter that he wrote to The Sunday Telegraph, which was not published in the paper partly because it was too long but also because it seriously misrepresented what had passed between us. It claimed that he had requested the meeting because he “wanted to know more about the cases” I had reported.
In fact, he showed no interest in what I had written, or why I believed that the stories I had covered were much too typical of a system which has become shockingly corrupted.
Decades ago, when Harold Macmilan was housing minister, he made a point of regular late-night meetings over a whisky with an old friend, Percy Mills, a senior industrialist. It was Mills’s role to enlighten Macmillan about all the things that his officials weren’t telling him.
Any minister worth his salt should find similar ways to inform himself as to how things look from outside the suffocatingly closed circle of officialdom. Alas, Mr Loughton does not appear to be such a minister. But it is not going to be possible to keep the lid forever on this scandal, which is as nasty as anything going on in Britain today.
All Hail Chris Booker! Once again he attacks the “Cover-up” surrounging the secrecy of Family Proceedings, as the Government reports less than 10% of cases are failing…Mr Booker must then have reported all such cases in his article!