This was originally posted by Ancient Mariner in another thread. I have paraphrased him here.
"Balls didn't sack Shoesmith. The limit of his authority was to require Haringey to remove her from her post. He emphasised this at the press conference when the Ofsted report was published. In theory, she could have been given another job at the council.
Haringey Council no doubt have a very well remunerated Director of Human Resources. It was his/her/its job to ensure that dismissals were carried out strictly in accordance with employment law. They didn't."
There is something intrinsically wrong in all this - and I am not speaking out of outrage here. But commonsensically speaking, she was sacked for incompetence. Unfortunately there were some t and i bits not dotted and crossed. This doesn't alter the facts of the dismissal. If, after several years, she can go back and complain of unfair dismissal on what are technical grounds, I reckon the Council should be able to go back and have her hanged by the tits for neglect and manslaughter, on grounds of reality.
Instead she is laughing all the way to the bank and her lawyers are laughing even more.
Meanwhile in the real world, the military still doesn't have a hospital, the army is being slashed to the bone to save money, whilst the judiciary hand out huge amounts of taxpayers cash to people (who actually need to die of shame) on some technicality, and the government is paying out billions of tax payers money in intelligen err, foreign aid.
Wouldn't it be nice if some Lord Chancellor would rear up on his hind legs and harrumph a change bringing some common sense into the law instead if sitting in his chambers coining it in at public expense? Bewigged parasite. (Lord Somebody of Clashfern was the last Lord Chancellor I dealt with, a mendacious old buffoon if ever I met one).
Anyway I hope she dies in a freak social experiment involving 2 under age mothers with triplets and some lesbian rights outreach workers who lure her to a pig farm.