Here we go again

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Perhaps it ought to be: “Here they go again”. A foster couple in England had their children taken away because of their membership in the UK Independence Party. The UKIP is a limited-government, libertarian group that opposes membership in the European Union and advocates for stricter enforcement of immigration laws.

The husband and wife, who have been fostering for nearly seven years, said they were made to feel like criminals when a social worker told them that their views on immigration made them unsuitable carers.

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.

Nigel Farage, the leader of UKIP, described the actions of Rotherham borough council as “a bloody outrage” and “political prejudice of the very worst kind”.

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.

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?’”

This has been happening before, as the readers of Fog of Chaos’ excerpts from old newspapers NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) may recall – 29th November, 1937: German parents risk having their children taken from them if they are not sufficiently rigorous in drilling the Nazi ethos into them. “Your child belongs to us already,” Hitler told a critic soon after becoming Chancellor. Every child was to grow up knowing only Nazi values, he said. Now a judge has made it law. A Christian pacifist family at Waldenberg in Silesia refused to teach their children the Nazi ideology and were taken to court. The judge said: “The law as a racial and national instrument entrusts German parents with the education of their children only on condition that they do so in the fashion that the nation and the state expect.” [NNUS november memories ]

When we published this item last year we did not expect that the update would be necessary that soon. In seventy-five years we learnt nothing. What times we live in!

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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