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Who (Really) Killed Baby P?

In November of 2008, Britain was horrified and shocked to hear the case of “Baby P”, a seventeen month-old boy that was mistreated, tortured, and finally killed, by his mother and “stepfather”; I too was horrified, but not at all shocked – nor even surprised.

The Culture of Death, under which we live in this and most other Western nations, made it simply a matter of time before such an event occurred; there will be more.

Culture of Death? What’s that? Whenever societies such as ours come to acquire or develop a ruler ship (Government, Establishment, judiciary, academia, professions and – of course – media) where the majority of the top people are materialists/secularists, or some kind of “Humanist”, the inevitable, eventual, result is a down-grading of the valuing of individual human life for its own sake, and the creeping introduction of various kinds of pro-death arrangements (worse still is where the instigators of the Culture of Death claim to be Christians – they are, of course, people who want to change, or ”go beyond” real Christianity).

You can’t pick and choose, you can’t have some bits of the Culture of Death and not the others; it’s a package.

A clear, absolutely unequivocal – and very loud – message, given by the Government in their promotion of unrestricted abortion (and also stem cell and hybridisation research), is that human life is of no especial worth or unconditional value; “sanctity” (of life, or anything else) is now a quaint, old-time, way of looking at things.

If life is of no worth – and if all life is not infinitely valuable, then none is – then it is reasonable for people to misuse it for personal gain (as with the recent abduction, for reward money, of Shannon Matthews, by her mother), or simply destroy it at will.

And who’s to blame? All the bad things in our society come, and have come, from the top down; “ordinary” – powerless – people were never the original authors of any social evil, such as those we now suffer from; they (despite their immediate, and real, guilt in such cases as this) are no more than instruments or fall-guys of ideologues far separated in time or place, the unwitting practitioners of others’ theory.

All the “liberation” movements and “progressive philosophies” of the 1960s and ‘70s prepared the way for the Culture of Death. The destruction of traditional marriage and the family, the debunking of time-honoured certainties concerning the objectively-existing source of right and wrong, sexual so-called “liberation”, and the total removal – from British life – of such concepts as discipline, self-restraint, responsibility and belief in the consequences of one’s action … these developments made inevitable the acceptance of the values that created the Culture of Death; they were not devised and planned in grim back streets.

Some of us (I confess I was one) naively believed that the ‘60s student radicals and far-leftists had grown up to become bank managers and share-owners by the 1980s (well, the History Man , remember, had gone on to vote for Margaret Thatcher); in fact, they’d melted into the background and begun the “Long March through the Institutions”, to emerge, by 1997, at the helm, directing the ruler ship (oh, but yes, most of them had acquired a lot of property/wealth on the way).

Baby P actually died in a council flat in Haringey, north London; but his death was plotted long before, in the drawing rooms of rather smarter areas, not far away.