Of course, no lessons will be learned from the avoidable death of 18-month-old Elsie, because the lessons that need to be learned conflict with the politically correct beliefs which dominate the social work profession, the media and the political class.
That blood is thicker than water is not just a proverb, but is confirmed by evolutionary biology and common experience. It is well documented that babies and toddlers are at much greater risk from an unrelated carer.
Also, babies’ and toddlers’ attachment need for a mother is primal. The vast majority of men and women know this and recognise that men and women have different emotions, functions and capabilities when it come to childrearing. Whenever a mother brings her new offspring into the workplace to show off to her colleagues, is it the men who gather round cooing?
If a child needs adoptive parents, the best outcome is likely to be with a man and a woman married to each other. Children naturally differentiate between their mother and their father, and have different expectations from them.
None of this is to say that gays or lesbians can’t be good and loving natural or adoptive parents, but nature makes it much easier for mixed-sex couples to meet their children’s needs.
What kind of thinking completely ignores experience, science and morality – the basis of common sense – and repeatedly produces disasters such as Elsie’s death? The answer is that of the Frankfurt School of ‘critical theory’, which took Marx’s one-dimensional workers versus the bourgeoisie theory, generalised it into a series of conflicts based on race, gender, sexual orientation and so on, and gave us a host of politically correct orthodoxies as the ‘solution’.
How many more children need to die, and how many more lives need to be blighted, before social workers and politicians reject the cultural Marxism which drives their thinking and dangerous decision-making?