So Mick Philpott lost his moral compass while leading his chaotic lifestyle on welfare (Report, 5 April)? What about Harold Shipman? Did we wring our hands in 2000 and ask whether we should stop sending people off to medical school where they might learn to exercise the power of life and death and become mass murderers? In 1978 when Philpott nearly killed his estranged girlfriend and her mother, he wasn't on benefits, he was in the army. So maybe it's teaching people to kill people that's the problem.

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