AS I’ve proudly pointed out in the past, I’m no lawyer. So can someone please explain to me why a court would have granted a gagging order against the Haringey social worker, Nevres Kemal?
If she has something relevant and important to say, why is she being prevented from contributing to a public debate that is in full swing? The public are angry – and rightly so. Now is not the time to start preventing people from telling the truth. The political consequences for any local authority, or indeed any government, would be utterly incidental to the importance of getting to the truth about what happened to Baby P.
And I hope the courts will, later today, lift the injunction on naming Baby P’s “mother” and her partner. My understanding of the law, as far as it goes, is that such individuals’ names are withheld when there is a risk that a child might be identified. But when the child – these people’s innocent victim – has died, there is clearly no reason for them not to be named. And the least persuasive reason for not naming them would be “for their own protection”.