Tuesday, July 08, 2008

My latest New Statesman column

My latest column has been posted on the New Statesman website:
Dr Barnardo was long a revered figure, but he had the unfortunate habit of kidnapping working-class kids off the street in order to reform them.
More than one parent went to court in an attempt to secure the return of children who had been sent overseas. Strangely, they always turned out to have been adopted by wealthy, eccentric figures who had made it a condition of the arrangement that their identities would not be revealed.
One mother, a Mrs Gossage, fought him all the way to the House of Lords and won. But she never saw her son Henry again.
But mostly it is about aliens in Shropshire.

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