It is being reported that police have arrested the parents of six children killed in an arson attack in Derbyshire England recently.
The father Mick Philpott, 55, and mother Mairead, 31, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are in police custody pending questioning on the attack that destroyed their house.
Five of their children, Jade Philpott, 10; her brothers John, 9; Jack, 7; Jessie, 6; and Jayden, 5, all died on the day of the fire.
Their older brother Duwayne, 13, died days later in hospital. It was reported at the time that his parents had not left his bedside.
Now, with the parents being arrested there are likely to be questions about their motives for keeping vigil over him.
I was struck by the children-siring record of the father when the story of the fire tragedy was first reported.
At least one story I read noted that he had other children from previous relationships.
The number of children he had with Maired is significant in itself. Large families are not the norm in England.
The police have apparently not yet given any indication of a possible “murder motive” that informed their decision to arrest Mr. Philpott and his wife. News reports suggest that they have merely asked possible witnesses with clues to report anything they think may help them understand what happened.
What scandal of human existence awaits the resolution of this case? What depths of human depravity are likely to be exhibited in the course of Mr. And Mrs. Philpott being found to be guilty?
I’ve already started making mental comparisons between that pair and Anders Behring Breivik.
And I believe a comparison with the “murdering mother” Tonya Thomas may also be enlightening if – and in light of the Derbyshire police’s relative silence it is a significant “IF” – these parents’ are ultimately proven guilty.
There is also the wider theme of "socially psychopathic parenting," addressed indirectly in the much-discussed film "The Hunger Games" and its Japanese predecessor “Battle Royale."
Coincidentally, just last night I heard an advertisement for an upcoming BBC programme that examines an apparent Japanese preference for keeping pet dogs instead of having children.
The slaughter of several children in Syria and the allegedly preventable death by fire of a number of others (including a New Zealand family's triplets) in a fire at a mall in Qatar yesterday also have a relevant resonance.
I’ve been thinking of “The Hunger Games," “Battle Royale” and related issues a lot of late, not least because of my own experience of the dysfunctional child-rearing and wider deeply flawed social engineering systems that currently retard development in both the UK and my homeland Barbados – home to not a few opportunist African-supremacist types that are Breivik’s black corollaries.
My “Owed to Margaret Gill and Edward 'Kamau' Brathwaite” series of articles is addressing many of these issues in detail (http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-new