So, Lord Justice Leveson has one simple question at the heart of the public inquiry he is to oversee.
If only that same question could be asked about those who are charged with guarding our mature relatives in need of care at the most vulnerable stage of their lives.
It would require Lord Justice Leveson to ensure that his inquiry would encompass not only the toothless Care Quality Commission, but also the care providers, the local authority commissioning departments, local authority facilitators (for want of a better word), the whole network of careless care that so often destroys the lives of those who deserve better care.
The ethics and culture of the care system need a thorough examination also.
“The terms of reference raise complex and wide-ranging legal and ethical issues of enormous public concern,” said Justice Leveson in a statement released this afternoon.”
The same should be said about the way in which we have allowed a care system to develop that raises equally complex and wide-ranging legal and ethical issues of enormous public concern.
I’m not talking about phone-hacking. I’m talking about the preservation of life.