Time Loughton, the Conservative former children's minister, told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme that Sharon Shoesmith's payout was "effectively rewarding failure".
When you are appointed a director of children's services - this is the whole point of the reforms after Victoria Climbie, which again happened in Haringey - is that the buck has to stop somewhere and someone has to take responsibility.
You don't expect that person accepting responsibility, reluctantly in this case, to get a very large cheque on the back of it as well.
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