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11th September 2013: The world's gone mad and I'm the only one who knows
30th August 2013: Isn't sarcasm a wonderful thing?
25th August 2013: Operation Yewtree has turned British justice on its head
13th August 2013: Black is white. Fact. End of.
11th August 2013: Why 'human rights' is nothing of the sort ...
11th August 2013: Electric cars, not as green as they're painted?
6th August 2013: How the British nation treats its friends ...
8th July 2013: The BBC biased? How can that be? They're so NICE!
26th June 2013: Think this country is a bastion of freedom and justice and a shining model for the world? Think again.
18th June 2013: Wrinklies unite, you have nothing to lose but your walking frames!
17th June 2013: is the end finally approaching for this evil woman?
31st May 2013: Now it's official - the BBC really is a left-wing propaganda machine
31st May 2013: Those evil bastards are at it again. Yes, you've guessed it - social services!
27th May 2013: Well-known TV presenter talks sense. No good will come of it.
24th May 2013: British justice is best? Only for the very poor, apparently ...
17th May 2013: Some actual FACTS about climate change (for a change) from actual scientists ...
10th May 2013: An article about that poison gas, carbon dioxide, and other scientific facts (not) ...
10th May 2013: We need to see past the sex and look at the crimes: is justice being served?
8th May 2013: So, who would you trust to treat your haemorrhoids, Theresa May?
8th May 2013: Why should citizens in the 21st Century fear the law so much?
30th April 2013: What the GOS says today, the rest of the world realises tomorrow ...
30th April 2013: You couldn't make it up, could you? Luckily you don't need to ...
29th April 2013: a vote for NONE OF THE ABOVE, because THE ABOVE are crap ...
28th April 2013: what goes around, comes around?
19th April 2013: everyone's a victim these days ...
10th April 2013: Thatcher is dead; long live Thatcher!
8th April 2013: Poor people are such a nuisance. Just give them loads of money and they'll go away ...
26th March 2013: Censorship is alive and well and coming for you ...
25th March 2013: Just do your job properly, is that too much to ask?
25th March 2013: So, what do you think caused your heterosexuality?
20th March 2013: Feminists - puritans, hypocrites or just plain stupid?
18th March 2013: How Nazi Germany paved the way for modern governance?
13th March 2013: Time we all grew up and lived in the real world ...
12th March 2013: Hindenburg crash mystery solved? - don't you believe it!
6th March 2013: Is this the real GOS?
5th March 2013: All that's wrong with taxes
25th February 2013: The self-seeking MP who is trying to bring Britain down ...
24th February 2013: Why can't newspapers just tell the truth?
22nd February 2013: Trial by jury - a radical proposal
13th February 2013: A little verse for two very old people ...
6th February 2013: It's not us after all, it's worms
6th February 2013: Now here's a powerful argument FOR gay marriage ...
4th February 2013: There's no such thing as equality because we're not all the same ...
28th January 2013: Global Warming isn't over - IT'S HIDING!
25th January 2013: Global Warmers: mad, bad and dangerous to know ...
25th January 2013: Bullying ego-trippers, not animal lovers ...
19th January 2013: We STILL haven't got our heads straight about gays ...
16th January 2013: Bullying ego-trippers, not animal lovers ...
11th January 2013: What it's like being English ...
7th January 2013: Bleat, bleat, if it saves the life of just one child ...
7th January 2013: How best to put it? 'Up yours, Argentina'?
7th January 2013: Chucking even more of other people's money around ...
6th January 2013: Chucking other people's money around ...
30th December 2012: The BBC is just crap, basically ...
30th December 2012: We mourn the passing of a genuine Grumpy Old Sod ...
30th December 2012: How an official body sets out to ruin Christmas ...
16th December 2012: Why should we pardon Alan Turing when he did nothing wrong?
15th December 2012: When will social workers face up to their REAL responsibility?
15th December 2012: Unfair trading by a firm in Bognor Regis ...
14th December 2012: Now the company that sells your data is pretending to act as watchdog ...
7th December 2012: There's a war between cars and bikes, apparently, and  most of us never noticed!
26th November 2012: The bottom line - social workers are just plain stupid ...
20th November 2012: So, David Eyke was right all along, then?
15th November 2012: MPs don't mind dishing it out, but when it's them in the firing line ...
14th November 2012: The BBC has a policy, it seems, about which truths it wants to tell ...
12th November 2012: Big Brother, coming to a school near you ...
9th November 2012: Yet another celebrity who thinks, like Jimmy Saville, that he can behave just as he likes because he's famous ...
5th November 2012: Whose roads are they, anyway? After all, we paid for them ...
7th May 2012: How politicians could end droughts at a stroke if they chose ...
6th May 2012: The BBC, still determined to keep us in a fog of ignorance ...
2nd May 2012: A sense of proportion lacking?
24th April 2012: Told you so, told you so, told you so ...
15th April 2012: Aah, sweet ickle polar bears in danger, aah ...
15th April 2012: An open letter to Anglian Water ...
30th March 2012: Now they want to cure us if we don't believe their lies ...
28th February 2012: Just how useful is a degree? Not very.
27th February 2012: ... so many ways to die ...
15th February 2012: DO go to Jamaica because you definitely WON'T get murdered with a machete. Ms Fox says so ...
31st January 2012: We don't make anything any more
27th January 2012: There's always a word for it, they say, and if there isn't we'll invent one
26th January 2012: Literary criticism on GOS? How posh!
12th December 2011: Plain speaking by a scientist about the global warming fraud
9th December 2011: Who trusts scientists? Apart from the BBC, of course?
7th December 2011: All in all, not a good week for British justice ...
9th November 2011: Well what d'you know, the law really IS a bit of an ass ...

 

 
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It came as no surprise this week to hear that all nine of Norfolk's MPs have banded together to call for the resignation of Lisa Christenson, the head of the county's Children Services department. We have written on this website several times about the activities of this woman, known locally as “Lenin”. She has presided over a team that has conspicuously failed to provide a good standard of basic education in the county's schools, and whose social workers have a reputation for hounding innocent families and snatching children away on the flimsiest of evidence.
 
It was Norfolk social workers who travelled to France recently to kidnap the child of Joe Ollis and Marie Black, who was born in France and had never lived anywhere else, on the excuse that Marie had once suffered abuse from a former partner in Norfolk. When told by a judge to return the child they refused because it didn't have a passport, prompting one to wonder how they got it across the Channel in the first place.
 
Further back we wrote a number of times about the Cromer family with a well-documented history of brittle bones. Norfolk Social Services kidnapped their three children and sent them for adoption, and the courts were ultimately powerless to get them back although the police quickly cleared the parents of any suspicion of abuse and no charges were ever brought. Then they pursued the parents to Ireland and attempted to snatch their newborn baby, though thankfully that was thwarted.
 
Norfolk has become the first local authority in the country to be targeted by inspectors examining how the local authority supports school improvement. In March, Ofsted undertook a blitz of school inspections in the county, with 28 primaries and secondaries visited in just one week, which found three out of every five schools assessed were not providing a good enough education to youngsters. Raising “considerable concern” over its findings, Ofsted accused the county council of failing to step in quickly enough when schools were known to be struggling.
 
Lenin Christenson is no stranger to controversy. Her own family life would in some areas have social workers or the police knocking at the door of her Mattishall home. In 2008 the newspapers reported “Lisa Christensen, director of children’s services in Norfolk, is the wife of Jack Prescott, who was given a 15-year prison sentence for involvement in a bomb attack on the home of a Tory Cabinet Minister. Prescott, 64 – a self-confessed former heroin addict and thief – was a founder member of the Angry Brigade, Britain’s only home-grown urban terrorist group, which carried out 25 attacks on Government buildings, embassies and corporations. His past has come to light because he was recently convicted of assaulting Ms Christensen. She failed to tell Norfolk County Council about her husband’s violent past when she was appointed head of Social Services in 2002.” We do not know whether the couple are still together.
 
The nine MPs, both Tory and Lib-Dem, met with children’s minister Ed Timpson before issuing their joint statement calling for an interim board to be appointed immediately, but so far Christensen has refused to resign. She is quoted as saying that it is her job to clear up the mess. Personally we would have thought her job was not to make the mess in the first place.
 
The cross-party release said: “The situation at children’s services is so serious that we think an interim board should take over immediately. There is a lack of leadership as demonstrated by a recent Ofsted report into the protection of children. This is too serious for a graduated approach. Action needs to be taken now to ensure that there is strong and capable management at Norfolk children’s services.”
 
As you might expect, Norfolk County Council are stone-walling like mad. George Nobbs, the Labour leader of the council, said: “The new administration at County Hall shares the concern expressed today by Norfolk’s MPs. Indeed, I am amazed that it has taken four months for them to reach their conclusion. I expressed my own concern at the time but the then Tory administration at County Hall didn’t seem too bothered. I’m also surprised that the MPs waited until over a week after the recent council election before meeting children’s services chiefs at County Hall. A cynic might wonder if the change of control from a Tory administration woke them up. Rest assured, this new administration needs no lessons about improving services for children from the party that has constantly failed them for the last 12 years. We are much more interested in fixing the problem than party political grandstanding,” a magnificent and cynical bit of political persiflage, attacking the MPs' message because they hadn't delivered it sooner! It seems to have escaped Nobby's attention that it was the county council's job to keep an eye on things and make sure their team was delivering, not the MPs'.
 
And Christenson? She's clinging on by her fingernails just as long as she can. Let's face it, every week longer that she can survive is another two and a half grand in the bank. And no doubt when she can't hang on any longer she'll have union reps arguing her right to receive a hefty golden handshake, which is pretty ironic – the Hardinghams from Cromer didn't have anyone on their side when she was pursuing the poor bastards through the Star Chamber of the family courts.
 

 
UPDATE: It was announced today (21st June 2013) that the Norfolk Witch has bowed to the inevitable and is preparing to mount her broomstick. This is of course a victory for GrumpyOldSod.com, though the nine MPs and various other agencies may have helped a bit.
 
Families across the county heaved a great sigh of relief at the news, but even as her bristles clear the runway Christensen is still insisting that she "decided" to go - she wasn't sacked. Amazing, isn't it, how some people can bully their way through life without ever having the humility to admit that they might have been just a teeny bit wrong?

 

 
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