Friday, 12 April 2013

What we should really learn from Philpott

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Now the immediate anger about the Philpott case has died down, its time to reflect.

Think back. What reaction did you have to the case? Most of us had one of two. Which group were you in?

Maybe you felt angry at a bad man who was able to live on state benefits for so long without working or helping others. Much of the country and media reacted in this way.

Or maybe you felt equally angry because you believed sections of the media were reporting the Philpott case without a real understanding of the lives of those honestly looking for work.

Look again at those two reactions. What do they have in common?

Both are are ultimately worries, frustrations and anger about social division. Just with a different focus.

If you’re in the first group your focus is a system that allowed a man to become divided from the world of work and responsibility. If you’re in the second group, your focus is a media that doesn’t understand the lives of many poor families on benefits.

Either way the challenge is the same: how do we connect across these divisions and build a stronger more united society?

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