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Friday 27 May 2011

Dear Sharon Shoesmith...

CONGRATULATIONS on your court victory proving then-minister Ed Balls did not follow the right procedures when he sacked you, after a damning report about the parlous state of a social services department you ran at Haringey Council in the lead-up to Baby P's abuse and death in 2007.

But you should still have been sacked. You did not beat a child yourself but by presiding over a department with a blatant disregard for common sense, the public good and duty of care you undoubtedly contributed to their pain.

That's not what we paid you for. We paid you to do your best to stop it.

You let Baby P down, and you let us down. Fighting a drawn-out court battle over technicalities of employment law is entirely within your rights and financial means, but that doesn't mean you should.

You can expect at least £1million in back pay, compensation and unpaid pension, which not a single person in this country apart from you believes that you deserve.

Donate it all to the NSPCC; it's the only way you'll ever be able to help children like Baby P, who had he survived could have claimed a maximum £33,000 in compensation.

And when you've done that, never bother us again.

Peter Connelly, Mar 1 2006 - Aug 3 2007