Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bulger Killers Not Intrinsically Evil, Says Schools Secretary Balls

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bulger Killers Not Intrinsically Evil, Says Schools Secretary Balls

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Byline: Paul Waugh and Tim Ross

JAMES BULGER'S killers were not "intrinsically evil", Cabinet minister Ed Balls declared today.

The Schools Secretary said that murderers Jon Venables and Robert Thompson had committed "evil acts" but that did not mean that they were beyond rehabilitation.

Mr Balls defended Children's Commissioner Maggie Atkinson after she said at the weekend that it was wrong to apply labels to child criminals.

Venables and Thompson were 10 when they abducted, tortured and murdered two-year-old James in Liverpool in 1993.

Mr Balls said that he disagreed with Mrs Atkinson's other claim that the killers should never have been jailed because they were too young. Mrs Atkinson, who was appointed by the minister in the face of opposition from the education select committee, called for the age of criminal responsibility to be raised from 10 to 12.

But Mr Balls did agree with Mrs Atkinson's wider point. …

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