Anorak | Rotherham council now twinned with Franco’s Spain: the UKIP foster care debacle

Rotherham council now twinned with Franco’s Spain: the UKIP foster care debacle

by | 26th, November 2012

ROTHERHAM Metropolitan Borough Council has taken a leaf from General Franco’s book and removed children from “unsuitable” parents. The three children from East European were removed from their home because their foster parents are members of UKIP, the UK Independence Party. Rotherham says UKIP is racist. UKIP says:

UKIP was founded in 1993 to campaign for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Not because we hate Europe, or foreigners, or anyone at all; but because it is undemocratic, expensive, bossy – and we still haven’t been asked whether we want to be in it. But the EU is only the biggest symptom of the real problem – the theft of our democracy by a powerful, remote political ‘elite’ which has forgotten that it’s here to serve the people.

It’s not the affiliation that matters to Rotherham’s child snatchers, it’s any political affiliation. Rotherham Council is a composite blend of 63 people, of which only 4 are not affiliated to the Labour Party: three Tories and one Independent. Diverse it ain’t.

The council acted on an anonymous tip-off. The couple, experienced foster parents in their 50s, are said to be former Labour voters. The children were placed with them in September 2012. They were removed in November after two visits from the experts.

Joyce Thacker OBE, the council’s Director of Children and Young People’s Services, tells Radio 4:

“We always try to place children in a sensible cultural placement. These children are not UK children and we were not aware of the foster parents having strong political views. There are some strong views in the Ukip party and we have to think of the future of the children. Also the fact of the matter is I have to look at the children’s cultural and ethnic needs. The children have been in care proceedings before and the judge had previously criticised us for not looking after the children’s cultural and ethnic needs, and we have had to really take that into consideration with the placement that they were in…We have to think about the clear statements on ending multi-culturalism for example. These children are from EU migrant backgrounds and Ukip has very clear statements on ending multiculturalism, not having that going forward, and I have to think about how sensitive I am being to those children.”

What can we make of it? UKIP says:

As the Labour-run council launches its own investigation into the matter, Labour leader Ed Miliband said: “What matters is children in Rotherham and elsewhere, and being a member of a political party like UKIP should not be a bar to fostering children. Right-thinking people across the country will think 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.”

What about if they are members of the openly racist BNP, the far-out Monster Raving Looney Party, bigoted Respect, Sinn Féin? What judgement then, Ed?

Meanwhile, Education Secretary Michael Gove said: “Any council which decides that supporting a mainstream UK political party disbars an individual from looking after children in care is sending a dreadful signal that will only decrease the number of loving homes available to children in need.”

So long as the party is popular mainstream (what does that word mean, anyhow?) it’s ok. If parents are members of a non-mainstream party, then a debate is required.

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said:

“Rotherham metropolitan borough council has many questions to answer, both publicly and privately. They have to look at themselves in the mirror and ask who it is that is prejudiced? A normal couple who have fostered for seven years, or themselves who are blinded by political bias? Publicly they must make absolutely clear the decision-making process in this case, who was responsible for this decision and why. That the couple involved were former Labour voters should give them pause for thought, or do they regard any questions about the level of migration into this country, as Gordon Brown did, as bigotry?”

UKIP says it is not racist. But a New Zealander can be a victim of racism , isn’t not wanting to

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