I used to have a little bit of respect for Cllr Lawrence, the Tory Cabinet member for Education. That vanished yesterday afternoon when he was speaking about Labour claims that cuts to the Youth Service will mean the closure of 40 youth centres. Cllr Lawrence described this as scaremongering and said that the Labour councillors should be reported for 'child abuse.'
I've no problem with the rough and tumble of politics, but that sort of comment is beyond the pale. Child abuse isn't to be used as a cheap dig at your opponents and Cllr Lawrence should know better.
With that kind of leadership, you understand why child social services were removed from his control and why it is in the mess it is.