Here are three stories that for whatever reason be it greed, stupidity, or incompetence and I’ll let you decide which falls under the category of worse, worser, and worst.
The first story is of the mother who gave her thirteen year old daughter an ecstasy tablet for her birthday.
This story came from Middlesborough Mayor Ray Mallon who mentioned the story when discussing “problem families” in the area.
“More than 360 children are currently in care in Middlesbrough, with Mr Mallon claiming many kids were being let down by parents who abused alcohol and drugs.
‘Many of these children are in care due to neglect because of poor parenting,’ he said.
‘There was one where a mother gave a 13-year-old child ecstasy tablets – you know, hard drugs – for her birthday. I just despair.”
If this is indeed true then then child needs to be taken away from her mother and the mother needs to face serious investigations for neglect if this has not yet happened.
The second is Cardinal Wilfred Fox Napier. Napier who is the Archbishop of Durban. Napier claimed recently that some pedophiles were not criminally responsible for their actions because it is a “psychological illness.”
“The Catholic Archbishop of Durban, Wilfrid Fox Napier, told BBC Radio 5 live that people who were abused as children and became paedophiles were not criminally responsible for their actions in the same way as somebody “who chooses to do something like that”.”
Cardinal Napier was one of the Cardinals who voted in the process to elect the new Pope. He also said:
“He said: “What do you do with disorders? You have got to try and put them right. If I as a normal being choose to break the law knowing that I am breaking the law, then I think I need to be punished…
“From my experience paedophilia is actually an illness, it is not a criminal condition, it is an illness.”
The cardinal spoke of two priests he knew who were abused as children and went on to become paedophiles.
He told the BBC: “Don’t tell me that those people are criminally responsible like somebody who chooses to do something like that.”
So basically he believes it is a psychological issue that should be treated as such and that they should receive no criminal charges. Which would probably suit him and his friends in the Catholic church since they would then be less concerned with having to deal with all those pesky complaints of sexual abuse by Catholic priests.
A psychological disorder it may be but it also a crime and that is exactly what it should be.
The third and final story is of a man who continued to claim benefits despite having won the lottery.
“Michael Duthie won £250,000 in March 2010, but continued to claim almost £14,000 in Jobseeker’s Allowance, housing and council tax benefits to which he was no longer entitled.”
Duthie claimed (via his lawyer) that he failed to notify the government because he used £50,000 of the money to buy his council house and £50,000 on his family whilst also investing tens of thousands of pounds. According to him this left him sort of cash.
Mr Duthie was given 180 hours of community service.
So there are your three contenders. Who gets the title of “worse”, who gets the title or “worser”, and who gets the title of “worst” out of those three?
Mother gives her daughter ecstasy – http://metro.co.uk/2013/03/13/mother-gave-13-year-old-daughter-three-ecstasy-tablets-as-birthday-present-3539506/
Cardinal Napier – “Some pedophiles are not criminals.” – http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/03/16/paedophiles-not-criminally-responsible-wilfrid-fox-napier_n_2889619.html?ref=topbar
Lottery winner continues to claim benefits – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/9934289/Lottery-winner-continued-to-claim-thousands-of-pounds-in-benefits.html