The horrifying details of the Foster family's death in Shropshire have kept the tabloids busy this week. A terrible crime, an appalling scenario. And surely a one-off incident that couldn't possibly be blamed on Gordon Brown...?
I mean, no-one would be able to contemplate the idea that it was the Government's fault that a man murdered his daughter and wife and then killed himself after having set fire to his house?
No-one would do that... would they?
Of course they would!
I imagine that all the financial problems were probably kept from the wife and daughter and Foster but there would be no hiding from the baliffs . He was safe on the bank holiday when they barbequed and could muster an artificial smile, but he must of known what was coming and couldn't face telling his family. Sadly I think we have more stories like this on the way as more people lose their jobs, their businesses and their homes to the mismanaged economy.
- Ann, Wilts, 3/9/2008 9:01
I don't really see the point of commenting on a crime like this; what does anyone possibly benefit? It's just muttering about the pointlessness of it all, and rather pointless in itself. But to shoehorn in a complaint about Gordy McTablet... I mean, that's really incredible. Full marks to you, Ann. You just couldn't bloody resist it, could you? Even on a story about murder and arson you manage to blame Gordon Brown!
Astonishing scenes. But Ann's not alone:
It beggars belief that a mature, adult man would kill his own wife and daughter in cold blood. The pressures he must have felt under due to the business troubles he experienced could never justify slaughtering his family and pets. Why do extremely desperate people feel they have no options other than this? Where are the social support systems to assist them? What were their extended family doing to help them? There are so many difficult questions currently unanswered. This tragedy is such a desperate waste of lives. I suspect that this man may be responsible for the demise of his own business. However the government are responsible for the current economic decline and there will sadly be hundreds of businesses that collapse and thousands of innocent people whose lives are seriously damaged as a result. They must ensure that the support systems are in place to assist these families before further lives are ruined.
- LKP, Fleet, 3/9/2008 11:02
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