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We´re all still suffering from
Enoch´s craziest, cruellest idea

Mail on Sunday, by Peter Hitchens

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 12/2/2018 8:39:07 PM

The stupidest thing to come out of the 1960s – and that is saying a lot – was the crazy decision by Enoch Powell, then Minister of Health, to shut down and sell off dozens of mental hospitals. Powell is still admired by some people. In fact, he was a very silly, vain man. The results of this unhinged, greedy and ill-informed action have been catastrophic. Last week it was officially admitted (though experts have known it for years) that police are having to ignore more and more crimes to look after mentally ill people cast adrift by our broken mental health

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: southron, 12/2/2018 8:50:45 PM     (No. 11850813)

Sorry. Enoch Powell was not crazy but a very wise insightful man. This attack on his character won´t work.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: panther361, 12/2/2018 9:16:33 PM     (No. 11850827)

The few liberal friends I keep in touch with to this day place that blame on Ronald Regan. Which is more insane than crazy. My recollection was the general uprising of the left about the asylums. Cruel and unusual according to their mantra, and the homeless problem really got underway.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 12/2/2018 9:37:10 PM     (No. 11850841)

It was the left’s idea in this country to shut most of the asylums. If violated the individual “rights” they claimed. They could function in the community normally with medication they said. Sure...walk around San Francisco and see how well that’s working.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Udanja99, 12/2/2018 9:37:29 PM     (No. 11850842)

Exactly, #2.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: AltaD, 12/2/2018 9:47:00 PM     (No. 11850850)

FTA: Enoch Powell is, in my view rightly, condemned for his careerist, cheap and deliberately inflammatory 1968 speech about immigration

Gee, I wonder why this is one of the rare DM articles without an open comment section.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: KanCreeper, 12/2/2018 9:49:21 PM     (No. 11850852)

Geraldo kicked the top[ off of the problems with American Mental Health facilities, and then the ´left´ picked up the battle with its "patients have rights´ Campaign.
Then pretty-much the whole American System of in patient facilities folded under pressure, and the System was essentially, emasculated, as the hospitals say their political backing and funding evaporate; and they rushed to fill beds with 12 step programs for drugs and mental conditions that could be 12 stepped.. which made their mental health patients targets for being pushed out..Pushed out onto the streets and into the various police jurisdictions, who were ill-equipped to deal with an influx of individuals who were not just criminals, but ilfitted into a system that could only incarcerate them temporarily in hospitals; or jails, and then release them again onto society, and allow the system of group homes run by either groups of furlowed mental health workers or minimum wage care takers.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: chumley, 12/2/2018 10:21:42 PM     (No. 11850864)

I´ve toured some of the old time asylums and they were horrible and often inhumane. Plenty of evidence still exists of just how bad they were, including survivors.
What they did accomplish though, is to keep insane people out of society. That alone is a worthy goal.
So, what do we do? How crazy is crazy enough to be locked up without committing a crime? To lose one´s job and home or one´s family? Who gets to decide? Are any of us truly sane, if the truth be known?
Also, mental hospitals have long been used as a place to get rid of political opponents. Can we trust the courts to protect us? How? They haven´t even prosecuted the Clinton murders and probably wont. Politicians are immune from the law.
I´m in favor of keeping the insane from the rest of us, but fear the unintended consequences.

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