Tuesday, September 22, 2009

IN the UK a nemesis of F4J Hodge returns as tourism minister

Past adventures keep generating publicity and awareness of F4J in the press. This is but one example of prior references to F4J activities.MJM

By Kunal Dutta

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Margaret Hodge has rejoined the Government to resume her position as culture and tourism minister after a year of compassionate leave.

The MP for Barking stepped down almost a year ago to care for her terminally ill husband, Sir Henry Hodge, who died aged 65 in June from acute myeloid leukaemia.

She takes the post left vacant by Sarah McCarthy-Fry, who moved to the Treasury in June after Kitty Ussher quit over expenses allegations.

Ms Hodge was the first Children's minister under Tony Blair's government in 2003. In the post she became embroiled in several high-profile controversies, the most famous of which related to an inquiry into child abuse allegations in Islington, dating back to her time as council leader there from 1982 to 1992.

In November 2003 Demetrious Panton alleged that he was abused while in Islington council care and accused Ms Hodge of being ultimately responsible. She retaliated with a complaint letter to the BBC in which she branded him "an extremely disturbed person", a move that led to numerous calls for her resignation despite her making an apology.

Ms Hodge's stance on family affairs has frequently come under fire. In 2004 Fathers 4 Justice campaigner Jonathan Stanesby handcuffed himself to her, describing her as the "bogeywoman of family law, who doesn't even believe in equal parenting".

In April 2006 she said that working class voters were tempted to vote for the BNP because "no one else is listening to them". It was a move that led to accusations of "magnifying the propaganda of the BNP".


In the UK ~ Rekha Kumari-Baker convicted of murder after stabbing daughters

The woman got 33 years in jail. This is the worst form of Parental Alienation that terminates the other parents relationship with the children permanently, snuffs out the children's lives and often excuses a women's murder based on a variety of ailments often linked to hormone imbalances or some newly found mental illness. This is done because even today, despite what we know of single moms being the most violent and abusive of either gender toward their children, the MSM still looks for excuses. In this case the woman gets 33 years and is being treated relatively equally. More of this needs to occur and maybe then we'll see less killing and abuse of children by their mothers. Will this be classified as Domestic Violence. Ask the Coroner. Frequently they do not as it skews the statistics that men are the natural abusers and who wants to hurt feminist/maternalist sensibilities. After all they are so innocent and benign.MJM

September 22, 2009

A mother has been convicted of murder after stabbing her two daughters as they slept in their beds.

An inquiry will now take place into the actions of teachers, doctors and social workers who dealt with the family in the years before the tragedy.

Rekha Kumari-Baker killed her daughters Davina, 16, and Jasmine, 13, with two kitchen knives as they slept at her home in Stretham, Cambridgeshire, in the early hours of June 13, 2007. Davina was stabbed 37 times and Jasmine 29 times.

She had admitted their manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, but yesterday the jury at Cambridge Crown Court found her guilty of murder.

Kumari-Baker, 41, a waitress, is due to be sentenced today.

The inquiry was ordered after it emerged that three years ago Kumari-Baker had told teachers that she “wished Davina dead”. Staff at the girl’s school, Impington Village College, had described Kumari-Baker as a “volatile woman who frequently showed strange mood swings”, and social services had been called in. Kumari-Baker had been diagnosed in 2003 with “reactive stress with mild depressive features” and referred to a counsellor.

The prosecution claimed that she murdered her daughters to “wreak havoc” upon her former husband, David Baker. She had left a handwritten note at the scene saying: “I don’t want them to get hurt as I did.”

Emma Dmitriev, for the prosecution, said yesterday: “This cruel and vicious act was clearly premeditated by Kumari-Baker as she purchased the knife two days prior to the killing. She had broken up with her husband and then her boyfriend of several years and had left her job after a dispute with her employer.

“She was clearly angry and resentful and took out her accumulated rage on two innocent girls. This brutal attack has had enduring, tragic consequences.”

The defence argued that she was suffering from an “abnormality of mind”. But after the killings, the court was told, Kumari-Baker was examined by a number of psychiatrists, most of whom concluded that she was not clinically depressed and was responsible for her actions.

Outside court the girls’ uncle, George Baker, read a statement on behalf of their father. “Not a day passes when I don’t think of my girls. I was robbed of my daughters by an act of calculated viciousness by a woman who, having given life to them, in her vindictive mind believed she also had a right to take that life from them. She will now pay the price for this,” he said.

Detective Inspector Jim McCrorie, who led the police inquiry, said: “It became clear, as this investigation progressed, that Rekha Kumari-Baker set out to murder her children. Only she will know the reasons why she carried out such a vicious and deliberate attack as they lay sleeping in their beds.

“In 25 years in the police service I have never before investigated such an upsetting or sickening crime.”

During the trial Lyle Hamilton, for the defence, had said that medical literature showed that women had killed children because they were “mentally ill” and because they were a “retaliatory type”, both categories which Kumari-Baker fell into.

Neil Hunt, a consultant psychiatrist, said that he had interviewed Kumari-Baker on the day of her arrest and, although he suspected she may have been suffering from a mental disorder, he found no evidence of serious mental illness.


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