The Plastic Hippo

November 26, 2012


Filed under: History,Media,Politics,Society — theplastichippo @ 5:22 pm

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Secretary of State for Privatisation Michael Gove is entirely correct in condemning Rotherham Council for removing three Eastern European children from the care of UKIP members. This humble blog agrees that the decision is “indefensible”. The children should be returned to the foster carers immediately.

The children should be returned to the foster carers immediately in order for the tiny waifs to prove to the esteemed and wonderful volunteer fosterers that people from beyond our national borders are not all mad-eyed scroungers who rustle the Queen`s swans for barbeques and are not intent on slitting our throats in the night before making off with our DVD box sets of Downton Abbey. These little examples of humanity might just convince closed minds that the influence of Vikings, Romans and Normans might not have been such a bad thing after all. It might be in the best interests of UKIP to ignore the fact that one of the most successful fighter pilot squadrons during the Battle of Britain was manned by airmen who came from Poland and forget that 303 squadron was betrayed by Churchill and the heroes left stateless after defending us from fascism.

It is blindingly obvious that in a free society, political opinion or allegiance has no bearing on the suitability or qualification required to offer care, comfort and succour to children fallen on hard times. However, those with even the slightest experience of the issues surrounding “Looked After Children” (or “LACs” as they are known in endless council reports identifying them as a drain on resources) will realise that there is more than meets the eye in the current Rotherham brouhaha. There are in existence strict and stringent criteria that determines the suitability of those wishing to become foster carers. Membership of any political party is not a consideration unless the views and opinions of the potential carer might have a detrimental effect on the child or children. Local councils and the man and woman in the street might question the wisdom of placing a black child into the care of a BNP activist or handing over a white Christian child into a household of jihadists. UKIP might not be as extreme and the couple from Rotherham are probably very nice, reasonable people, but it might be helpful to take a look at UKIP`s stated 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.”

How many of us would be comfortable with housing immigrant children with carers who wish to do away with human rights and deny the multicultural nature of our nation? Consider, then, the responsibilities of social workers and the head of service whose main concern is always the welfare of children and consequently advise and support local councillors who, in law, are designated as “corporate parents”. It is also worth remembering that the placement of the three Rotherham children was always regarded as temporary until a permanent placement could be arranged. What then could have possibly motivated the very nice, reasonable carers to scuttle off to the Daily Telegraph howling of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice? Ah yes, there is a parliamentary by election in Rotherham on Thursday.

With the former Labour MP in disgrace after being caught well and truly on the fiddle and with the Conservatives failing massively on a daily basis and the Liberal Democrats nothing more than a sad joke, UKIP sniffs a chance. Up pops Nigel Farage…hmm…Farage…sounds a bit foreign…to say:
“This is typical of the kind of bigotry I`m afraid that we get from the Labour party and from Labour-controlled councils.”
Presumably he thinks Gordon Brown dressed as the child catcher “snatched” the innocents from the caring bosom of a UKIP household. He seems to forget that council officers are required to remain apolitical and operate in the best interests of children. Michael Gove, a man more qualified as a child catcher than most, chimed in with:
“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. The decision is arbitrary, ideological and indefensible.”
Noting the use of the word “mainstream” will give a clue as to how terrified the Tory leadership is of being hammered by UKIP. In 2006, David Cameron described UKIP as “closet racists”, a statement he and his chums are desperately trying to distance themselves from in an attempt to keep Tory anti-EU back benchers in check. Cue local lunatic Michael Fabricant, Tory MP for Lichfield, to talk of an electoral pact between Conservatives and UKIP. It was not all that long ago that UKIP considered an electoral pact with the BNP. Looks like the entire bunch of them are going to need a bigger closet, especially as the current closet is full of uniforms hired by Aidan Burley, Tory MP for Cannock Chase.

All this political manoeuvring to see who will be judged as the least failing might be considered as mildly amusing if it were not for the real people involved. Any politician that is happy to see dedicated, professional, hard working social workers pilloried and harassed by a vile media does not deserve a single vote. To use three small and vulnerable children who haven`t a clue what is going on for political advantage is shameful. When, on general election day in 2010, Nigel Farage had an unfortunate coming together with a ploughed field in Northamptonshire, it seems a pity that the PZL-104 Wilga light aircraft he was not quite flying in did not have a spare seat for Michael Gove. As an MEP, Farage continues to take millions in expenses from a parliament he abhors. Fortunately, he recovered from his injuries and may wish that a veteran of 303 squadron had been piloting the aircraft.

The PZL-104 Wilga is designed and manufactured in Poland.


  1. The abuse of children, at whatever level and whatever way, is vile. The opportunistic use of this case by UKIP to boost their own little Englander profile in Rotherham through sensationalist media coverage is just despicable.

    It is possible, except to the rabid anti Social Worker brigade, that there may be more serious reasons as to why an intervention was implemented. It remains a mystery as to how information concerning 3 small children and their welfare became public.

    I hope that Farrage will crash and burn, or at least apologise

    Unfortunately, neither of these things will happen. After all, lightening is unlikely to strike twice.

    The Realist

    Comment by The Realist — November 27, 2012 @ 12:27 pm | Reply

  2. As much as I like reading the Plastic Hippo blog, it really is time you studied the facts about UKIP and this issue in Rotherham instead of relying on generalised misconceptions. Those UKIP members who have been ill treated by Rotherham Social Services are, like many, ex Labour Party members.

    You will find UKIP is not little Englander or anti-foreigner in any way, it believes in a UK that is self governing and in full control of our borders. Sadly, because of EU membership we control little of our own affairs.

    UKIP members are people of differing political opinions, races and of ethnic backgrounds, it is the only political party in the UK that bars membership to people who were or are members of known extreme parties or groups.

    Branding UKIP as you do is akin to me branding all Labour supporters and activists as neo Marxist zealots, with MPs who are thieving criminals. There are good people in most political parties who join those parties because they suit their need and views. As a UKIP member I get on well with members of the three other political parties in Walsall, none of them treat UKIP in the same way.

    UKIP is now polling higher than the Liberal Democrats, in the recent Bloxwich West by-Election UKIP’s Liz Hazell got over three times their vote – it’s no wonder all the press and media are beginning to take UKIP seriously nationally.

    As Evan Davis the BBC Radio Four Today presenter stated after he attended the 2012 UKIP conference in Birmingham: “UKIP members are nice people”.

    Comment by bennettderekDerek Bennett — November 28, 2012 @ 2:48 pm | Reply

    • Ah Derek, the honest, loving UKIP band of brothers.

      I’ve actually seen your people in action in Brownhills. One of your candidates here – now departed to harass other electorates – used to be a steadfast Tory, until the moment he was convinced to ‘defect’ over some minor, procedural party disciplinary issue. I witnessed him tell a group in a local pub that the stuff about points based immigration policy was ‘just PC balls, really we’d kick all the pakis out – and the blacks. The eastern european scum would be next after that’. To a man the local UKIP ‘activists’ were racist, xenophobic, bigoted bores, obsessed with Europe and not an ounce of self awareness between them.

      Thank God you’re not like that. You just refer to Angela Merkel as Miss Piggy, the action of well-rounded individuals the world over…

      I did notice, however, that my comment on your recent blog post – the one where you were promoting Bill Etheridge for PCC – mysteriously went missing some days after being made. I can’t imagine this disappearance was anything to do with the fact that I pointed out how Mr. Etheridge and his fragrant lady wife had been booted from the Tories – again, a party they were batting for wholeheartedly until they caused him to defect from in a rush – after posting pictures of himself posing with a gollywog doll on Facebook.

      I can’t imagine that a member of the fine, upstanding, clearly non-racist UKIP would remove a post like that because it pointed out an uncomfortable truth. After all, UKIP stands for free speech, and not race-baiting at all. Must have been a server issue.

      I’d also point out that men dressed as penguins are polling higher than LibDems. I suspect Jimmy Saville would, too…

      Surely is a wonder.


      Comment by BrownhillsBob — November 28, 2012 @ 8:49 pm | Reply

  3. The “racism” card is a side issue, not only has Nigel Farage has proved himself to be offensive, rude and ignorant (as a reminder – UKIP seem deranged enough to think the UK is still a powerhouse of potential economic independence. Removing ourselves from the EU is the death knell for our industry, our economy and our ability to be taken seriously on the world stage. I find using immigration as a fear mongering tool offensive and insulting. UKIP is a single issue party, despite best protestations otherwise. The EU and migration has damaged our country. What bloody nonsense.

    Basically, and I admit to being a deranged Marxist zealot, the EU has screwed us and we want a fairer Britain. Is this right? As long as it comes at the cost of foreign aid (why help others, when we can keep it all for ourselves?), benefits to parents unable to feed their children without help (and all because they have committed the crime of not being British), not investing in a greener way of producing energy via windfarms, as it spoils the views of the golf course from my back bedroom window and all this whilst our glorious leader claims millions in expenses from the parliament he claims to detest whilst demonstrating to the world the worst traits of the the British.

    I am and will continue to remain proud that people seeking a fairer society and protection from poverty and oppression can come to this country for help. I am proud that I live in a country who offer aid to foreign countries who need it – I would argue that our history has given us a moral obligation to commit to foreign aid. After all, the lifestyles of middle England many patriots seem keen to protect has come directly at their expense.

    For these reasons and many many more, I will actively campaign against UKIP and I will ever, ever vote for them.

    Comment by Rich Johnstone — November 28, 2012 @ 8:25 pm | Reply

  4. “The decision is arbitrary, ideological and indefensible.” says Gove,
    Just like many of his decisions then.

    Comment by Martin — November 28, 2012 @ 10:23 pm | Reply

  5. Derek

    You should really stay in more. The Hippo did not describe UKIP as little Englanders – I did.

    As a committed democrat, I recognise that UKIP and its supporters have every right to peddle their xenophobic fantasies to what is left of the electorate.

    I do not accept that your party has the right to exploit the welfare of 3 young children in the interests of gaining a few votes and to make high profile public pronouncements on matters about which UKIP clearly knows nothing.

    The Realist

    Comment by The Realist — November 29, 2012 @ 12:01 pm | Reply

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