Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Who shut the door?

A little gem here. According to Tony Blair:
"There is a group of people who have been shut out against society's mainstream and we have not yet found a way of bringing them properly in.

"When we started Sure Start - I was always a bit sceptical that in the end that we could do this - there was an idea it would lift all the boats on a rising tide. It has not worked like that. Sure Start has been brilliant for those people who have in their own minds decided they want to participate. But the hard to reach families, the ones who are shut out of the system ... they are not going to come to places like Sure Start.

"Their problems are so multiple, and if you have one organisation dealing with one aspect of their problem, these families then end up having five or six organisations dealing with them, but no one is actually dealing with them."
Ah, so if you're 'shut out', you need remediating. As you stand on the doorstep in your dressing-gown, pathetically clutching the milk, no blame should attach to anyone who might have shut the door behind you, then?

(Note the sub-text here, too: ("now that the evaluations have shown that Sure Start hasn't worked, I'd like to make it clear that I never thought it would" )


At Thursday, May 18, 2006 7:39:00 AM, Blogger Carlotta said...

re: subtext...yup: extraordinarily irritating.


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