The Government Spin Doctors thought that they could bury unwelcome news on
the MSBP case reviews by announcing it to the BBC Radio 4 programme "Woman's
Hour" who broadcast it on Monday last, whilst the media were obsessed with
the Commons Debate on Tuition Fees and Publication of the Kelly / Hutton Inquiry.
I almost missed it myself as I was driving my son David to his art class at
the Hampstead Garden Suburb Institute (a wonderful institution currently under
threat because of the actions of David Blunkett when he was at Education). Thankfully
my 76-year-old mother, Dorothy Seager of Aston, Sheffield, alerted me by mobile
phone as she realised the significance of the broadcast.
A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE OFFICE OF THE CHILDREN'S MINISTER MARGARET HODGE HAS
ATTEMPTED TO BACKTRACK ON THE REVIEW OF THE CIVIL CASES. THEY ARE SAYING
THAT THE WIDESPREAD REPORTING OF A PROPOSED REVIEW IS MISTAKEN AND THEY NOW
GIVE THE IMPRESSION THAT THE CIVIL CASES MAY NOT BE REVIEWED.
THE CONSERVATIVE SHADOW ATTORNEY GENERAL DOMINIC GREIVE SPOKE WELL AND TRIED
TO HOLD THE GOVERNMENT TO THE COMITTMENTS MADE BY HARRIET HARMAN THE SOLICITOR
GENERAL IN THE COMMONS.
On behalf of "Parents, Professionals and Politicians Protecting Children
with Illness and/or Disabilities" I attempted to direct key journalists
and opposition politicians to the Woman's Hour item but nobody picked it up
until a journalist for the Newcastle Sunday Sun took the trouble to listen again
online and asked very specific questions to Government for which he had to receive
very specific answers under public information codes of conduct.
I don't think it will be very sunny for Ms Harman or Mrs Hodge in Newcastle
Jan Loxley Blount for Parents-Protecting-Children.org.uk 31 01 04