Children & Young People, Gumbet, Politics

Turkey v Fergie

Bad Hair Day

I assume we won’t be seeing Fergie slumming and beach-bumming it down Gümbet way any time soon. Not unless she wants her collar felt by a teenage paramilitary conscript and a stiff sentence from an un-amused Turkish beak. The ill-advised ex-HRH was foolish to embroil herself in a clandestine filming raid on a huge Turkish orphanage for disabled children in 2008. Poor Fergie’s a loose cannon at the best of times. She’s not cut out for investigative journalism and neither is my foster home. She’d do better earning her living more honestly and less controversially. Apparently, she’s to be prosecuted for violating the rights of five Turkish children and damaging the reputation of the Turkish State. I humbly suggest that Turkey’s reputation is best served by the dropping the whole thing.

16 thoughts on “Turkey v Fergie

  1. Umm… I too have mixed feelings about Fergie. She never seems to have found her niche since her Royal days. It does seem to have been rather a rash decision to do this. BUT I have heard that conditions in these orphanages are appalling, and it sounds as if the Turkish government are the ones violating rights. And as we have similar issues in Jamaica, I believe the more light is shone on them, the better – whether the government like it or not. We just had an undercover reporter visiting our only state-run mental health hospital and discovering some pretty disturbing stuff, which appeared in Sunday’s paper. Nobody threatened to lock him up – in fact, the Health Minister already visited the place and promised changes.

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  2. This woman is always trying to ingratiate herself with the public. I wish she’d give it up because it’s not working. Don’t suppose you watched a programme she made for OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network), in which she embarked on a journey to “find” herself? Called “Finding Sarah”. What a load of crap. It would be more beneficial if she could just lose herself.

    Oh…did you get that I don’t like her? 🙂

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  3. . . what about a snatch squad as they did for Ocalan? Can you imagine it; bundled into a car in the middle of London – then the hooding and gagging with Gaffer Tape, soon to be followed by the sound of aircraft engines. Then the climax of the film as the gaffer Tape is ripped off by the ‘eyes’ in the black balaclava and the disembodied voice says ‘Welcome to Turkey Fergie Hanim!’

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  4. …..I just happen to have a spare roll of tape handy…….
    Whilst things ain’t perfect here and these care homes do need to be improved she had no right to exploit these poor kids to further her own aims.She isn’t John Pilger.

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    1. Agreed. While I have no lost love for Fergie, but also have a great deal of empathy for her off-kilter struggles, this is the most important point. I am hoping to address some of this (i.e. kids in orphanages, especially kids with disabilities) during my sabbatical in Turkey…in some way that doesn’t bring the duct tape crew after me…still looking for a Uni that will have me for the year.

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  5. Oh dear, more fodder for the ‘we hate Fergie’ campaign. If she’s managed to highlight bad conditions in Turkish orphanages then good luck to her as too little people stand up for others nowadays and disabled kids in an orphanage sound like they need someone looking out for them more than anyone.

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    1. I am not part of that campaign, Helen. The conditions in those places are apparently shocking… Fergie has bad judgment from time to time, doesn’t seem to get things right, but she’s not a bad person, I think she means well.

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  6. At last – Fergie has done good .It will not be her that looks the fool this time. Any good modern day government would focus on the plight of the children not the journalist and woman that highlighted the problem.

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  7. Nobody comes out of this very well do they? The desparate Fergie or the state so suddenly concerned about the violation of the rights of children it could hardly have been said to be promoting previously. And the poor kids are still the footballs in the middle.
    For anyone who can get BBC i-Player the splendid new documentary “Protecting our Children” is a far more edifying affair – a remarkably balanced and moving series following a children’s social work team, with not a screaming tabloid headline or publicity hungry former princess in sight.

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