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United Kingdom: Deemed unfit for their views

Can right-wing isolationists be fit parents?

Libby Purves
The Times

Can right-wing isolationists be fit parents? asked Libby Purves. I submit that they can, but the social service authorities in the South Yorkshire borough of Rotherham think not. They yanked three children out of their foster home simply because the foster parents belonged to the U.K. Independence Party. The UKIP is a small party that seeks Britain’s withdrawal from the EU and opposes unchecked immigration from EU countries. The three siblings the couple was fostering are of eastern European descent; the social worker who made the decision to pull them reportedly said the couple’s party identification proved they must be racist. That would be news to the many immigrants and refugee families here who share the UKIP’s concerns. Surely “it is possible to worry about chaotic immigration and loss of sovereignty while being perfectly well-disposed toward people already here—especially small children.” Yet out of “fearful, politically correct piety,” city officials humiliated a generous couple and traumatized the children who were beginning to call them Mum and Dad. National leaders from other parties have now weighed in against the decision, and presumably the children will be returned. But the harm has been done. “Foster parents are in short supply, and national attempts to recruit more will not be helped by this stupidity.”

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