Is Mick Philpott a product of our welfare system as many have suggested and an equal number have rebutted?
It's a bit like global warming you can't pin any particular storm on the phenomenon but it isn't unreasonable to say that it makes them more likely. The way our welfare state along with the criminal justice system work does make it more likely that sociopath's can thrive.
When he was convicted of the premeditated attempted murder of a girlfriend who rejected him he was released from prison after just three years. A functional criminal justice system should not let a man who does that out of prison before he is even 25.
When he decided to not to work the welfare system provided for him. When he decided not to have a vast number of children that he could not support, the welfare system picked up the slack and effectively rewarded him with an income of £60000 a year for this antisocial behaviour.
The women he preyed on and controlled seem to have mostly been the results of broken homes, girls who have been failed by social services.
There will always be bad people, but a parasite like Philpott could not have thrived without a system that is broken.