Fair Point: Blame this Shameless man alone

Mick Philpott and wife Mairead.
Mick Philpott and wife Mairead.
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Mick and Mairead Philpott, The most despised parents in Britain, come on down...

They would be perfect Jeremy Kyle fodder were they not now rotting in jail - and had ‘Shameless Mick’ not already been a guest on the show that scrapes from the bottom of the humanity cess-pit week on week.

This couple have disgusted the nation. For their own ends, they set their home ablaze while their six kids, aged 13 to five, slept trustingly upstairs.

There was supposed to be a heroic rescue by Mick, but it went wrong. Seems no-one had thought about the possibility of that beforehand. Or the risk to the children.

The couple are now being hung up as examples of all that is bad with ‘Scrounger Britain’, which infers anyone with lots of kids choosing benefits over work is likely to endanger the lives of their children - a disgusting and deeply unfair generalisation.

But there are plenty of men like Mick Philpott, abusive and controlling, a manipulator of vulnerable women and producer of 17 child trophies to his manliness, in every walk of life.

Identifying them, and getting them out of children’s lives before emotional damage is done, must be a nigh-on impossible task. Though Mick identified himself, didn’t he, on national television, twice - and still no one thought the arrogant braggart was capable of this.