Rotherham is back in the news once again for all the wrong reasons. It seems those in authority there just cant help but make problems and negative attention for themselves. Hardly creating a good image of the town with constant controversy. If you was looking to move to Yorkshire , then Rotherham would be right at the bottom of the list. First a couple of months ago was the Rotherham Muslim grooming gang cover up which indicated a massive problem with Muslim men targeting white schoolgirls which police and social services had covered up. Then along came local labour MP Denis McShane. First he stunned the public at an EDL demo in the town by telling them “to fuck off” which he was forced to apologize for. Then he was exposed as a thief for fiddling his expenses.
Now along comes the latest own goal by the lefty loons from the labour run Rotherham council. The removal of 3 foster children from a couple because they are UK-IP supporters.The council social services in their infinite wisdom have decided that UK-IP a legitimate political party who have had no previous controversies are far right racists. Down to their manifesto to halt immigration for 5 years and withdraw from the EU. It would now seem anyone with an opinion on immigration or the failings of multiculturalism is automatically branded a racist like their a white supremacist party like a UK equivalent of the Klu Klux Klan. I was under the misguided impression that in Britain we lived in a democratic society where people are allowed to make up their own minds which political party they support.
To brand UK-IP as racist is totally ludicrous.They are hardly anything like the BNP who have certain views which make them bordering on racists who themselves are a fair way off being on par with neo nazi white power types. UK-IP have landed the same un-justified racist label that the English Defence League also did for speaking out about Islam. On neither UK-IP or the EDL’s official website or media will you find anything other than party policy’s which the political correctness loving left may not have the same opinion of.Certainly not out and out racism.
The socialist fools behind this decision want to stop listening to fantasy propaganda that people like the UAF come out with. They will spot 10 nazi’s at a Jewish wedding if it benefited their own communist agenda. Even if they was far right or whatever since when did some ones political views make them a bad parent.Why should they be considered any more a bad parent than any than a Jehovah witness who would refuse a blood transfusion for their child if they became ill.Or any Muslim that has ever attended 1 of the many mosques that has had a hate preacher as speaker.Surely that would make them an extremist. PC lovers who come out with senseless things like that must have that much human rights/pc stuff floating round in their heads that it has blinded them from the reality of the fact it will be those 3 children who will suffer worse from this after being uprooted from a settled environment.
Decision over UKIP couple fostering ‘indefensible’ – Gove
Education Secretary Michael Gove: “This decision is arbitrary, ideological, indefensible”
The foster parents say “no discussions” took place between them and the council prior to the children’s removal.
The children – who are European migrants – were removed by social workers who accused the unnamed couple of belonging to a “racist party”.
Council leader Roger Stone said it was launching an immediate inquiry.
The education secretary said the “wrong decision” was made “in the wrong way for the wrong reasons”.
He added that the Department for Education, under his leadership, would “ask the necessary questions” to determine what happened in this case.
Mr Gove told the BBC: “It is entirely wrong for this couple to have been treated in this way. That’s why I believe we need a full explanation from the local authority as to why this decision was allowed to be taken.
‘Ideological and indefensible’
“If we say you cannot foster children because you’re a member of a mainstream political party or because you have views on multiculturalism then that’s utterly wrong.
“This decision is arbitrary, ideological and indefensible.”
The education secretary added that the government was bringing forward new laws in the Children and Families’ Bill to reverse the current position, which takes into account ethnic and cultural factors when placing children for adoption.
“We want to make it clear that you should not allow ideological matters to preclude what’s in the best interest of the child.”
Rotherham councillor Paul Lakin, cabinet member for children, young people and families Services has ordered an immediate investigation.
He said: “Membership of a political party should not stop someone fostering children. The council takes its safeguarding responsibilities very seriously and always puts the needs of the children at the centre of that care.”
Joyce Thacker, Rotherham Borough Council: ”We had to seriously think about the long-term needs of the children”
Mr Lakin added he wanted the report on his desk by Monday morning.
The council’s strategic director of children and young people’s services, Joyce Thacker, earlier defended the decision, saying it was influenced by UKIP’s immigration policy.
She said: “I have legal advice I have to follow for the placement of children and I was criticised before for not making sure their cultural and ethnic needs were met.
“If the party mantra is, for example, ending the active promotion of multiculturalism I have to think about that… I have to think of their longer-term needs.
Ms Thacker added she did not think UKIP was a racist party, but said it had “very clear” immigration policies which she could not ignore.
UKIP immigration policy
- An immediate five-year freeze on immigration for permanent settlement.
- After the five year freeze, a strictly controlled, points-based system similar to Australia to be introduced.
- An aspiration to ensure that future immigration does not exceed 50,000 people a year.
- Regain control of UK borders by leaving the EU.
- Repeal the 1998 Human Rights Act and withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights.
- Ensure British benefits are only available to UK citizens or those who have lived here for at least five years.
- End the active promotion of the doctrine of multiculturalism by local and national government
SOURCE: UKIP website
The unnamed couple in their late 50s, who have been approved foster parents for seven years, were eight weeks into the placement when they were approached by social workers about their membership of the party.
The wife told the BBC she believed the decision had been taken “prior to the social worker visiting us in person to tell us that the children were being removed because we were UKIP members”.
She insisted they felt they were meeting the cultural needs of the three children.
“We were actively encouraging these children to speak their own language… we enjoyed singing one of their folk songs in their native language.
“Having been told of the religious denomination of these children – we took steps to ensure that a school of their denomination was found.
“The children have now been placed with families who are white British, therefore how are these people going to meet the cultural needs of the children?” she added.
UKIP’s immigration policy states the party wants an “end [to] the active promotion of the doctrine of multiculturalism by local and national government”, and urges Britain to leave the European Union (EU).
‘Very strange’ decision
The party’s leader, Nigel Farage, said he was “very upset and very angry” about the decision and called for “heads to roll” at the council.
He added: “This couple… have been fostering for many years and are very decent people. This was an awful shock to them, not to mention the upset for the children themselves.”
He also accused the Labour-controlled council of bigotry towards his party.
Earlier, Labour leader Ed Miliband called for the council to urgently investigate the circumstances of the case.
Ed Miliband: “What matters is the future of children in Rotherham and elsewhere.”
He insisted: “Being a member of UKIP should not be a bar to adopting or fostering children.
“We need to find out the facts and the council urgently needs to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.
“There are thousands of children who need to be looked after, who need fostering, we shouldn’t have the situation where membership of a party like UKIP excludes you from doing that.
“We need loving homes for children across the country. That can come in different forms, it’s not about what political party you are a member of,” he concluded.
Robert Tapsfield, chief executive of the Fostering Network, said the decision seemed “very strange” considering the council viewed the couple as providing a good standard of care.
“Unless there was something going wrong then I can’t see why they would have been moved, unless it was to a family that could meet their long-term needs.”
He said the placement of foster children should not be influenced by their political affiliations.
Alan SoadyPolitical correspondent, BBC News
There’s been an outbreak of agreement from the main parties on the principle that being a member of a political organisation such as UKIP should not prevent someone from being considered as a foster parent. Michael Gove called it “indefensible”. Ed Miliband said it should “not be a bar”, distancing himself from the decision made by Labour-run Rotherham Borough Council.
The investigation announced by the government and the council will seek to establish the circumstances of this particular case.
But, politically, it will be interesting to see whether it has any bearing on political campaigning in the run up to Thursday’s Parliamentary by-election in Rotherham.