Wednesday, 24 June 2009

I am part of they

Child protection services in Dundee have just received a fairly damning inspection report, against a backdrop of a recent high profile case of a child dying at the hands of his mother's drug using partner. I'm not going to comment on any of the details.

However, I was intrigued by the response from a long standing councillor. Rather than simply saying, "It wisnae me!", he expressed a more balanced view. He looked at himself and accepted his share of responsibility. Effectively, he was saying "I am part of they". You can find the newspaper story here, but I particularly liked - and respected - the following comments:

“I’m an elected member with 46 years’ standing. In all that time I have never had such a damning report put before me.

“I’m duty-bound to ask, what was my role in this?

“I feel more than a little ashamed as a member of the authority when this report is before us.

“Where did the failure occur? Were we alerted early enough?

I wish that more of our politicians were like this - sadly very few of them are.


Joe Lafferty said...


great post!

reminded me of what Phil Hanlon said at the summary of the Schwartz masterclass the other day (

Mimicking phoning his wife from the car
'I'm sorry dear, I'll be late, I'm stuck in traffic.'
then a double take...
...wait a minute, I AM TRAFFIC!

So not outside of the problem, but actually part of it!

takes great courage...


His Girl Friday said...

Hi ER,
I was hoping you could add a young friend to your prayers. He has a spinal injury and is currently paralyzed. Mutual friends have created a blog to share his story.