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.