UKIP hoping for the sympathy vote in Rotherham by-election

Yesterday’s news that Rotherham Borough Council had taken three children away from, what we were told was, a UKIP-voting foster family is beginning to look a little suspicious. No sooner than the news broke, Nigel Farage was facing news cameras and giving his side of the story with not an inconsiderable amount of spin. He also let it slip that the couple in question had been former Labour voters. Interesting, no?

As more information began to surface, we were told that the foster children were from Eastern European backgrounds and that the unnamed foster couple’s views on immigration were at odds with their fostering of immigrant children. UKIP does have an antipathy towards multi-culturalism, its leadership and supporters have said as much.

Looking at this logically, I find it bizarre that people who are anti-immigrationists would foster immigrant children. Their embrace of an anti-immigration ideology and their willingness to foster immigrant children are in conflict with one another. Putting this point to UKIPers is utterly futile as they will talk about “stability” without bothering to engage the fundamental point that I have raised. I’m used to this sort of thing from the Right. The merest mention of the phrase “critical thinking” sends them into abuse mode or they’ll try patronizing me. I mean, how dare you question their moral integrity and flawed logic?

What is also interesting is how Gove got involved in this affair rather than Edward Timpson, the minister responsible for fostering and adoption. Perhaps sensing an opportunity to besmirch his arch-enemy, he went on television to air his views and spread his poison. You could literally see the Pob-faced bastard wetting himself with joy.

Kennite penned some piece about this being indicative of “culture wars”, a phrase that has been lifted from the lexicon of the US Right and how the British Left, represented by the Labour Party (sic) has started this “culture war”. However, he reminds us,

UKIP only got 6 per cent of the vote in Rotherham at the general election – but they came second in another byelection in next-door Barnsley last year. Like many working-class Labour areas, Rotherham showed an undercurrent of disaffection with the party, even before its MP was forced to resign for fraud. In the general election, the total broadly “Right-wing” vote in Rotherham (Tories, UKIP, BNP and an anti-Labour independent) added up to 39.3 per cent, only 5.3 per cent behind the Labour vote.

I made this point about the by-election in yesterday’s blog but what I find interesting is the way he encloses the compound “Right-wing” in speech marks. Three of the parties he mentions are Right-wing parties.  There’s no question about that. As for the independent, I have no clue about him. What is missing from Kennite’s analysis and that of the establishment’s political journalists is the often fluid nature of local politics, which is, at the best of times, a cesspit with councillors changing political allegiances on a near-monthly basis. Kennite should know all about local politics, he’s spent a considerable amount of time attacking Tower Hamlets for being “Islamist-supporting” (it isn’t and he’s being dramatic), while turning a blind eye to the excesses of the YBF-dominated Tory administration in Hammersmith & Fulham.

I also heard that there had been an “anonymous” tip-off to Rotherham Borough Council about this couple. Therefore The Cat is entitled to ask the following question, “Is there a vendetta here that we’re not being told about”?

Another question that demands an answer is “If UKIP is a non-racist party, as Farage says it is, then why does it attract so many racists and xenophobes”?

Have a look at this link from EDL News. Here’s a snippet,

EDL News has previously documented the bewildering racist rants of now former UKIP member Kim ‘Gatling Gob’ Gandy. What she labels as “outspoken” views saw her rightly ousted from the party, although she claims – by virtue of what looks suspiciously like an automated renewal letter – to have been invited back.

It’s hardly surprising that she appears not to be back in the fold given her latest campaign against her former party colleagues. Aided and abetted by her friend and current UKIP online activist Maggie Chapman, Ms. Gandy has, it seems, labelled as “fake patriots” UKIP councillors Mike Baldock, Stuart Parr and Paul Perrin, together with Andy Mills (who has said he’s left UKIP due to lack of organisation), the party’s  Steve Crowther (described as a “former UKIP bigwig” but still listed as its executive chairman here) and various Young Independence (UKIP) supporters. Not one to hold back Gandy also includes the high profile EDL activist Mick Wittman (aka Gil Gould) on her list. All are said to “have been sucking up to the UAF”.

No racists, eh?

It’s clear that UKIP see this as an opportunity to win the seat with the sympathy vote, but I suspect that they’re letting themselves get carried away by something that may never happen.

In the meantime, Rotherham Borough Council is to conduct an investigation.

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