There are significant loopholes in our safeguarding measures that are entirely preventable, but potentially disastrous.
With gangs on our streets and knives in our schools, this is too big a societal issue to look at purely through the lens of our education system.
English law is clear on how foster placements should be made and that “the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration”.
By discussing a sensitive topic in Muslim communities, you do not give oxygen to racists. You cut off their supply.
If we prioritise rescuing children from the incompetence of EU governments, that means children can be rescued from the slaughter of the Middle East.
Of course we battle over our competing visions of Britain. But on something this important we should co-operate.
The Emmerson row is the straw on the back of this exhausted camel.
When the SNP had a majority they could push through bad laws like this – but now, as a minority administration, they must learn to listen.