Mick Philpott

I Am a Deaf Survivor, Last Week, I Wore Purple For Others Like Me

Melissa Mostyn | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Melissa Mostyn

Language is key. Who says your perpetuator has to be in the frame? Why not yourself? Is it not more empowering to say, 'I am a survivor' without referring once to them by name, or identifiable detail? If their behaviour was that criminal, surely other people would work that out for themselves?

'She Should Have Got Life'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK

Mairead Philpott's father has said he believes his daughter should have been given a life sentence, as court refused her bid to cut her sentence of 17...

Cameras In Court As Mairead Philpott Demands Sentence Cut

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK

A mother jailed for 17 years for killing her six children in a house fire is to launch another bid to challenge the length of her sentence - and camer...

Philpott House Of Horrors To Be Demolished

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK

The blaze-gutted Philpott house of horrors, where six children died in a house fire started by their parents, will be demolished this week, watched by...

Mick Philpott Investigated Over Rape Claims

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK

Convicted child-killer Mick Philpott is facing an investigation into claims that he raped two women. Officers from Derbyshire Police are to intervi...

Mairead Philpott To Appeal Against 17 Year Sentence

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.05.2013 | UK

Mairead Philpott, jailed for 17 years for killing her six children in a house fire, is to appeal against the length of her sentence, her lawyer has sa...

Hate-Mongering Will Not Fix the Welfare System, Common Sense Will

Mahmood Naji | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Mahmood Naji

The welfare system, not benefit claimants, deserves the full, unmitigated might of British grumbling. Why? Because the current system does not reward any attempt to find work and no one should be expected to develop a social conscience while foregoing personal gain.

Who Are the People on Benefits?

Anastasia Richardson | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Anastasia Richardson

So who are the people on benefits, really? The answer actually seems to be most of us. 64% of families, and about 30million individual people - half the total population of the UK. The people on benefits are our friends, colleagues and neighbours, our families, ourselves.

Stop Me if You Think That You've Heard This One Before

Jacob Brookman | Posted 09.06.2013 | UK Politics
Jacob Brookman

On Monday the Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, was challenged by a northern market stall trader to live on £53 a week. This concept caught fire as an online petition was set up and quickly received over 450k signatures.

Teaching Kids to Kill Themselves and Also Their Best Friend: This Sick Madness Must Be Stopped

Melanie Kendry | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Comedy
Melanie Kendry

In love? No one else approves? Clearly, suicide is the solution - but not until you've taken out your wife's cousin then her other cousin - who is also, somehow, her fiancé. No, it's not something the Mormons dreamed up, it's what kids are learning in a school near you, in shameless Shakespeare's rogue tragedy Romeo and Juliet.

Miliband Attacks 'Nasty' Osborne For Linking Philpott Case To Benefit Reform

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband has attacked George Osborne for linking the case of child killer Mick Philpott to reforming the benefits system, as some Labour MPs expres...

Life on the Breadline for Single Parents: What It's Really Like

Caroline Davey | Posted 07.06.2013 | UK Politics
Caroline Davey

This week accusations flew, rhetoric abounded and, with the Philpott case, one newspaper made a particularly grotesque leap to try and paint this convicted criminal as a poster-boy for what they decried as the welfare "lifestyle". Meanwhile, on the ground, huge changes are taking place to benefits that will affect millions of ordinary - and, dare we say it - hard-working families.

Cut the Caricature of the Poor, Not Their Welfare

Sian Boyle | Posted 06.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sian Boyle

Why do those on benefits have to be caricatured or characterised in one way or another at all? There are thousands of decent, 'normal' people who are genuinely impoverished, and try to make ends meet as best they can

Philpott House To Be Demolished

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK

The house where Mick Philpott killed his six children by torching the property as they slept will be demolished, councillors have promised. The cha...

Minute's Silence At Football Stadium For Philpott Children

Posted 06.04.2013 | UK

A football stadium fell silent on Saturday in memory of the six Philpott children killed in a house fire started by their father. Supporters, staff...

Fathers Who Kill Their Children - The Latest Psychological Research Gets Inside the Mind of Mick Philpott

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

It's the controlling aspect of Philpott's personality which appears most relevant. The welfare benefits aspect of the tragedy has preoccupied the media, but Philpott's behaviour was not that psychologically unique in terms of what the research on filicide reveals.

The Philpott Tragedy Has Nothing to Do With Welfare

Hannah Buchanan | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK
Hannah Buchanan

It was said by the prosecution in the trial of Mick and Mairead Philpott that they had started the fire at 18 Victory Road in order to "frame" his mis...

David Cameron Backs George Osborne Over Philpott Benefits Link

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.04.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has stepped up clashes with Labour by insisting the case of child killer Mick Philpott did raise "wider questions" about the welfare sys...

BEAT THE WEEK: April Fools And Other Jokes

Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.04.2013 | UK

The week catapulted into play with April Fools, a slew of joke stories hitting newspapers on Monday from the liberalist Guardian goggles to the Mirror...

Why We Should Fear Weapons of Mass Distraction

Will Black | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Politics
Will Black

As our television screens and newspapers were filled this week with endless images of Kim Jong-un and Mick Philpott, I wasn't worrying about threats posed by North Korea or narcissistic killers. I was wishing more people read Theodor Adorno.

George Osborne Making Political Capital Out of a Tragedy

Bob Morgan | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

Dreadful people do dreadful things - it is the nature of these people that is to blame not the 'system'.

Hatred and Stigma: The Other Vile Product of Welfare UK

Jason Reed | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Politics
Jason Reed

Not a day goes by where I'm not reliably informed of yet another anecdote and example of hatred towards the disabled.

Sarah Teather Attacks 'Crude' George Osborne For Linking Philpott Case To Benefits

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK Politics

The Liberal Democrat leadership has stayed silent on the row over whether the Mick Philpott case is linked to benefit reform, but former minister Sara...

'The Cynical Act Of A Desperate Chancellor'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.04.2013 | UK Politics

Ed Balls has attacked George Osborne after he appeared to link the case of child killer Mick Philpott with the need to cut benefits, saying the minist...

The Tragedy of the Philpott Children Is Not That They Lived, But That They Died

Hayley Meachin | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Politics
Hayley Meachin

Mick Philpott did not commit this crime because he was on benefits, but because of the narcissistic and controlling person he was. It would be a backwards step in our understanding of human behaviour if we start viewing people's actions through a prism of their income. The Philpott children were much loved; they had siblings and extended family who will undoubtedly be suffering terribly from their loss. I hope that Mick Philpott's living children will be supported not stigmatised, as Fred West's children have been, by dint of birth through their grief.