Sponger! Scrounger! Freeloader! Grasper! Vile! Evil! Thoughtless! Selfish!
These are all terms used by our glorious tabloid press to describe Mick Phillpot who is a married man and father to 14 (with another on the way) children born to his wife and a number of mistresses. He had requested a four bedroomed house from his local authority, and when he was denied, he went public about the situation.
Of course, the tabloids went OTT with this, informing the world that he received £25,000 pa in benefits, along with housing support and other benefits to support his growing family. All designed to make the reader angry, hateful and resentful.
Let me say from the off, that I do not support what this man has done and the choices he has made. He seems to be very lacking in a sense of responsibility and control, but the fact remains, he is the father of 14 children, - and it is those children we should be concerned about, - not him.
But if you were one of his children, how would it make you feel to read about your father in such inflammetary terms in the national press. To know that your school friends and colleagues probably know how the rest of the world should feel about your situation. What damage is going to ensue; and if the family remain in cramped conditions, what is that going to do to the social cohesion of the family and the wider community.
The situation is not one of the children's making.
I believe that before any of these self-serving and sensationalist 'journalists' ever put pen to paper (or is that finger to keyboard), they should have looked at this story from the children's point of view. This would probably have been less sensational, but might have induced a more responsible responce with the public. One only has to read the email responses to the story in The Sun, to see the sort of reaction they had generated. As far as one can see, no one has had a thought about the children!