Nigel Farage Declares War on David Cameron over Ukip Racism ‘Slur’

Rowena Mason, Telegraph (London), November 25, 2012

Nigel Farage has declared “war” on David Cameron over immigration policy after the Prime Minister suggested some Ukip members may be racist.

The row over Ukip’s stance on immigration blew up after a council took three foster children away from a couple on the grounds their support of the party was “racist”.

Mr Cameron has previously said that Ukip members are mostly “closet racists” and Downing Street infuriated the party further by clarifying this weekend that not all Ukip members are racist.

Mr Farage today condemned the “slur”, arguing it is not racist to believe in tighter border controls limiting immigration.

“[David Cameron] alone in British politics today continues to throw this slur at us that because we believe in not having our law set in Europe and controlling our borders that somehow that is racist. If he wants an electoral war with my party on his immigration open door policy he can have one,” he told Sky News.

He said Ukip, which came third in the recent Corby by-election, would tackle the Prime Minister on his immigration policies in the run-up to 2015.

“At a time of youth unemployment of 21 per cent in Britain it does not make sense to have an open door,” he said. “I want people from all over the world to come and work in Britain, good skilled people who come here on work permits, not people who come here, compete for unskilled labour, qualify automatically for Job Seekers Allowance, that doesn’t make sense.”

The Ukip leader has called it a “bloody outrage” that a husband and wife, who have been fostering for nearly seven years, were told their views on immigration made them unsuitable caretakers.

The couple said they feared that there was a black mark against their name and they would not be able to foster again.

Campaigners representing foster parents have described the decision as “ridiculous” and warned that it could deter other prospective foster parents from volunteering.

Tim Loughton, the former children’s minister, said: “I will be very concerned if decisions have been made about the children’s future that were based on misguided political correctness around ethnic considerations.

“Being a supporter of a mainstream political party is not a deal-breaker when it comes to looking after children if it means they can have a loving family home.”

The couple, who do not want to be named to avoid identifying the children they have fostered, are in their late 50s and live in a neat detached house in a village in South Yorkshire.

The husband was a Royal Navy reservist for more than 30 years and works with disabled people, while his wife is a qualified nursery nurse.

Former Labour voters, they have been approved foster parents for nearly seven years and have looked after about a dozen different children, one of them in a placement lasting four years.

They took on the three children—a baby girl, a boy and an older girl, who were all from an ethnic minority and a troubled family background—in September in an emergency placement.

They believe that the youngsters thrived in their care. The couple were described as “exemplary” foster parents: the baby put on weight and the older girl even began calling them “mum and dad”.

However, just under eight weeks into the placement, they received a visit out of the blue from the children’s social worker at the Labour-run council and an official from their fostering agency.

They were told that the local safeguarding children team had received an anonymous tip-off that they were members of Ukip.

The wife recalled: “I was dumbfounded. Then my question to both of them was, ‘What has Ukip got to do with having the children removed?’

“Then one of them said, ‘Well, Ukip have got racist policies’. The implication was that we were racist. [The social worker] said Ukip does not like European people and wants them all out of the country to be returned to their own countries.

“I’m sat there and I’m thinking, ‘What the hell is going off here?’ because I wouldn’t have joined Ukip if they thought that. I’ve got mixed race in my family. I said, ‘I am absolutely offended that you could come in my house and accuse me of being a member of a racist party’.”

The wife said she told the social worker and agency official: “These kids have been loved. These kids have been treated no differently to our own children. We wouldn’t have taken these children on if we had been racist.”

The boy was taken away from them the following day and the two girls were removed at the end of that week.

The wife said the social worker told her: “We would not have placed these children with you had we known you were members of Ukip because it wouldn’t have been the right cultural match.” The wife said she was left “bereft”, adding: “We felt like we were criminals. From having a little baby in my arms, suddenly there was an empty cot. I knew she wouldn’t have been here for ever, but usually there is a build-up of several weeks. I was in tears.”

Her husband added: “If we were moving the children on to happier circumstances we would be feeling warm and happy. To have it done like that, it’s beyond the pale.”

The couple said they had been “stigmatised and slandered”.

A spokesman for Rotherham metropolitan borough council said last night: “After a group of sibling children were placed with agency foster carers, issues were raised regarding the long-term suitability of the carers for these particular children.

“With careful consideration, a decision was taken to move the children to alternative care. We continue to keep the situation under review.”

Ukip was once considered a single-issue fringe party but is now part of Britain’s political mainstream, with some recent national polls putting its support as high as nine per cent. Its manifesto includes a demand for Britain to pull out of Europe and to curb immigration.

It is also critical of multiculturalism and political correctness. It has a candidate in this week’s Rotherham by-election.

David Goosey, the chairman of the trustees at Community Foster care, an independent fostering charity, said: “If this is accurate and there are no other extraneous matters that have concerned the authorities, then it is completely ridiculous and no self-respecting authority should be stopping people fostering on the grounds of their membership of Ukip.”

Rotherham metropolitan borough council’s equality policy states that it is committed to “promoting equality and good relations between people of different racial groups”.

Senior Tories have criticised “politically correct” rules requiring children to be adopted by families of the same ethnic background.

In March, David Cameron pledged to tackle “absurd” barriers to mixed-race adoption, while Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, said last year that “Left-wing prescriptions” were denying children loving new homes.

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  • UKIP getting the BNP treatment, even though it tried to distance itself from the BNP. A lot of good that did.

    The conventional wisdom in British politics is that the BNP bleeds votes from Labour and UKIP bleeds votes from Conservatives. Therefore, like the many stories we have read in the past about Labour goons brutalizing BNP members and politicians, now we see the Tory empire striking back against UKIP.

    • NorthernWind

      Yep. They wouldn’t bother attacking these parties if they didn’t believe that there was at least some risk of losing votes to them. They know that the people are tiring of the mainstream parties are would vote for a credible alternative. For this reason, the mainstream parties must do everything they can to make the BNP and UKIP seem like poor alternatives.

      • So CAL Snowman

        At least they have alternatives, we get White hating democrats and White hating republicans. Where’s the diversity?

        • NorthernWind

          Pretty much all of the Anglo-saxon countries outside of Europe are lacking in nationalism. Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand… none have proper nationalist parties. They don’t have as many pro-White organizations either. I think that it is down to history. All of those are ex-colonies whilst Europe is the native homeland of Europeans.

          • Kronolog

            I think the problem is not so much the lack of nationalism as it is the problem of the British political system which actively discourages the rise of new parties.

    • David Ashton

      This “class” divide between BNP & UKIP prevents success, because the membership of both could unite on a basic anti-EU, anti-crime and anti-immigration platform, and gain majority votes in many constituencies.

      • It is my understanding that, while it’s waning in recent decades, British politics have historically reflected the rampant rigid classism of British society in general. A lot of the hate toward the BNP has far more to do with classist hate toward the kind of person who would be a BNP member rather than dislike of BNP policies per se.

        • David Ashton

          Yes, I think you’re right: the golf-club & blazer pensioners v the council-house & beer-can skinheads, so to speak – but more in media projection than in policy voter-support. The prewar British Union and Communist Parties both managed the social combination better, and one wonders why.

      • rightrightright

        UKIP has a rule that forbids former BNP members from joining. They have also stood candidates in local elections, knowing full well they had no chance of winning but that the BNP did, and bled off enough votes to ensure that the BNP lost. There is more here than meets the eye. I don’t like writing that as I would love a genuine nationalist party to gain strength and recognition.

        • David Ashton

          I didn’t know about the rule but it is no surprise. The use of a “respectable” fake to siphon votes from a “revolutionary” alternative is not an original tactic, and UKIP have reportedly split the vote for rare anti-immigration anti-EU Conservative candidates. The old National Front was divided into: Tories, Populists and neo-Nazis. The slimmer the agreed manifesto the better.

  • alas

    Taking someones foster children away because they vote UKIP is a bloody outrage. How can anyone claim we are not persecuted? The left think we are the establishment and they are the underdogs but how many kids have they had taken away? I remember reading a while back a BNP supporter was going to have her kids taken away (not foster kids, biological kids). Disgraceful.

    But it seems to have boosted support for UKIP, they might do very well in several by-elections today across the country.

  • NorthernWind

    “”They took on the three children—a baby girl, a boy and an older girl,
    who were all from an ethnic minority and a troubled family background—in
    September in an emergency placement.””

    ““I’m sat there and I’m thinking, ‘What the hell is going off here?’
    because I wouldn’t have joined Ukip if they thought that. I’ve got mixed
    race in my family. I said, ‘I am absolutely offended that you could
    come in my house and accuse me of being a member of a racist party’.””

    Haha. The problem with UKIP is that fools like this are members. I like Farage but I prefer the BNP members. They are true nationalists and are unapologetic about it. UKIP is not nationalist but they do have nationalist sympathies.

    Anyway, I say down with the LibLabCon even if that means UKIP and not the BNP. We will have more time and breathing room to work while UKIP holds greater influence.

    • rightrightright

      The three children (who the socialist authorities have now split up, in order to “meet their cultural needs”) are from Eastern Europe. I find it outrageous that they have been dumped on the English taxpayer when they will have relatives at home with the duty to care for their own flesh and blood.

  • razorrare

    Just another case that shows no matter what you do for minorities you are still a racist…
    that being said,this White couple should care more about their own White racial children in their community and take care of their needs…

  • NYB

    “David Cameron pledged to tackle “absurd” barriers to mixed-race adoption”

    Sure…. when Muslim immigrant families consisting of multiple brothers and uncles who marry their own cousins want to adopt blond English girls, social workers won’t be able to say no.

    How about Chinese? How about Nigerians? If they say they have a preference for white children, there will be no way to deny them without bringing up “racism”.

  • Robert Binion

    Those precious real estate holdings which must be filled with warm, alien bodies won’t be worth much when the whole country goes up in flames.

  • Can someone tell this Yankee what Ukip means?

    • United Kingdom Independence Party. From what I can tell, its marquee issue is Euroskepticism.

      • Pat

        The European Union being the reason we have no controls over our borders.

    • razorrare

      Libertarian, non-racist party seeking Britain’s withdrawal from the European

      • David Ashton

        It doesn’t advocate independence from international trade and finance, and is weak on non-white immigration except for Muslims. Liberation from Brussels but not from Soros.

  • David Brims

    David Cameron doing the Lefts work for them by demonizing UKIP, but then the Conservative party is not really conservative, more liberal, pro mass immigration, pro multiculturalism, pro EUSSR, pro globalism etc etc.

    The BNP brand has been so demonized by the BBC and the press, the brand is toxic. The media goes into epileptic fits of Tourettes frenzy when the mere name is mentioned.

    UKIP has a couple of blacks in it.

    The BBC is a great obstacle, a budget of £4 Billion pounds and 24,000 employees, it brainwashes the people. I don’t know why Thatcher didn’t get rid of it, a missed opportunity.

    And finally, the first past the post system doesn’t help smaller parties, it took 80 years for the liberals to get into coalition with the tories.

    • David Ashton

      UKIP are replacing the LibDems as the Third Alternative, progress of sorts.

  • A Swain

    The children in question are Roma (google their Origins).

    The council official who instructed their removal is a Common Purpose operative – (a Communist tentacle organisation) which is also very probably operating in the USA or soon will be.