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UKIP, Red Herrings And How To Divert a Debate

The first speaker at the recent Together Against Grooming conference in Bradford almost derailed the event through her bias and political partisanship.

The conference topic was grooming gangs and child sexual exploitation. The event was run by and targeted at the Asian community, had over 400 attending, and was important because it was – according to the organisers – the UK’s first major Asian conference on grooming gangs and CSE.

The conference was entitled courageously “Feel the fear…and do it anyway”. I hoped it was a sign that the Islamic community is at last taking ownership of the appalling Muslim grooming gang phenomenon.

The Catholic Church had to be forced by outside secular authorities to cease its denial and acknowledge its paedophile priest scandal.

The BBC, having covered up years of allegations about Jimmy Savile’s paedophile activities on its premises, was forced to acknowledge them only after his death defused his celebrity power over sycophantic BBC senior staff, and freed his accusers from fear of sanction.

My question was: would the Muslim community do better than the church and the state broadcaster? Would its leaders face up to the paedophile gangs within their ranks voluntarily, without being compelled by outsider intervention? Conference publicity indicated that they might.

Dr Ella Cockbain

However the non-Asian opening speaker dashed all hopes. She was English academic Dr Ella Cockbain from University College London.

According to the conference blurb Dr Cockbain is an expert on serious and organised crime including sexual exploitation. She is also an independent expert reviewer for the Home Office and “the most qualified person in the country to talk about what is true and what is myth when it comes to the whole issue of ‘grooming gangs’”.

But instead of “dispelling the myths and providing the hard facts” as we were promised, Dr Cockbain launched an immediate attack on UKIP and the “far right” including Tommy Robinson. It was a rant and red-herring worthy of Hope Not Hate, and to ram home her point she even displayed a picture of UKIP rosettes on the big screen.

It was the old Leftist conjuring trick. Cockbain deflected attention from the primary issue of the Muslim grooming gangs – about which she was consistently insipid and circumspect – onto the secondary issue of those who, in view of local authorities’ culpable failure, want to expose and stop them.

It also was fear-mongering patronisingly designed by Cockburn to put the Muslim community back into the victim box from which they were falteringly trying to venture.

It, too, was the bog-standard smokescreen with which political and media virtue-signallers invariably blanket and hide the grooming gang issue.

This dangerous leftist drivel was seriously inappropriate for an academic and researcher who should instead pursue truth, clarify facts and follow evidence. What was worse, Cockburn scuttled away from the platform before we had a chance to challenge her.

I was subsequently joined at the conference by Stephen Place, chairman of UKIP Bradford branch. He was in time to hear Salma Yaqoob, former leader of George Galloway’s Respect Party, follow Dr Cockbain’s lead and lay into UKIP. When I challenged her from the floor, Ms Yaqoob promoted her usual line that Muslims are the eternal powerless victims, to some applause from the audience.

Ajmal Masroor – who I first crossed political swords with when he was a LibDem candidate in Newham, east London, where I live – gave a sanitised talk about Islamic teaching that failed to address the obvious issues that trouble many, such as the age of Muhammad’s child bride Aisha.

Others were more helpful. There were two heart-wrenching testimonies, one by the English mother of a grooming victim and the other by an Asian survivor of childhood domestic sexual abuse. Good discussion panels, masterful organisation and an interesting presentation by the Truth Project of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse completed an – in the end – instructive day.

But despite the conference organisers’ best efforts, we were no closer to the Muslim community acknowledging its grooming gang scandal.

The moral of the story? Beware patronising English ‘experts’ with PC agendas speaking at well-intentioned Muslim conferences. They are likely to dump the truth, divert the debate and wreck the real usefulness of the event.

This article was first published by Kipper Central on 14th April

Stop The Sex Education Runaway Train

The ‘Sex Education’ runaway train – driven by the liberal elite in Whitehall and Westminster and belching its pollutants into the classrooms of ever-younger children across the country – has hit a buffer at Parkfield Community School in Birmingham.

Up to 600 children aged between 4 and 11 – 80% of the school roll – have been withdrawn by parents who say the school has been “undermining parental rights and aggressively promoting homosexuality”.

It is unsurprising that a revolt against the state-sponsored sexualisation of pre-pubescent children should start at Parkfield with its overwhelmingly Muslim children and parents. The assistant headteacher is the LGBT activist Andrew Moffat who, in 2007, created the teaching resource Challenging Homophobia in Primary Schools (CHIPS).

In 2013 Moffat was forced to resign from another Birmingham primary school, Chilwell Croft Academy, when mainly Muslim parents objected to his pro-gay teaching.

His CHIPS programme is simply a surreptitious means of introducing young children to homosexuality under the guise of preventing ‘homophobic bullying’.

Of course it does not tackle the much more widespread forms of playground bullying such as ‘appearance bullying’. CHIPS is narrow, focused and age-inappropriate LGBT propaganda.

The programme includes using in class such colourful cartoon-illustrated story books as King and King and My Princess Boy. The purpose of these and other teaching aids is to “smash heteronormativity” as an associated website Educate and Celebrate says brutally, and to normalise homosexuality.

In the name of ‘inclusivity’, sex-education defenders claim that today’s primary school children must understand the diverse domestic lives of their classmates including those who come from same-sex homes. It is illuminating that they do not similarly claim that children should understand classmates who come from households where other adult pursuits take place, such as heavy drinking or smoking.

No, the priority is solely to promote homosexuality amongst pre-pubescent children. They have learnt well Aristotle’s maxim: “Give me a child until he is seven and I’ll give you the man.”

But the DfE programme for sexualising primary school children is not only about promoting the LGBT agenda, although that is a priority. Primary schools are currently showing the film Spring Fever to year 4 children. In this video, a naked opposite-sex couple are actively cuddling and kissing on a bed, and an erect penis is shown inserted into a vagina. The fact that the video is warm colourful animation seems to justify showing this graphic scene to innocent pre-pubescent children.

Like gay marriage and the transgender agenda, the sex-education syllabus for primary school children is also being forced on us top-down by the globalist liberal elite. So if we want to know what will be imposed on our children down the line, we should find out what currently is being promoted by the UN and international agencies.

The World Health Organisation’s European office based in Copenhagen, together with the German Federal Ministry of Health based in Cologne, have published ‘Standards for Sexuality in Europe’ which set out what European children of different ages should be taught.

Shockingly the ‘Standards’ include:

Age 0-4: explore nakedness and the body and gender identities. Learn ‘my body belongs to me’.

Age 4-6: name each body part – caregivers are instructed to ‘wash each body part’ and ‘talk about sexual matters in sexual language’. Children should be given information about enjoyment and sexual pleasure when touching one’s own body in early childhood masturbation.

Age 6-9: inform about menstruation and ejaculation, choices about pregnancy, different methods of contraception, sex in media, enjoyment and pleasure when touching one’s body… Children should examine their body, use sexual language and accept diversity.

UKIP has tried to forestall these further horrors coming from Europe. Since 2015 it has been party policy to ban all sex education in primary schools.

But for now it is the Parkfield school buffers that have provided a welcome halt to the CHIPS and sex-education train that’s steaming through the UK’s primary schools and crushing childhood innocence on its way.

It remains to be seen whether this is a temporary stop before the downward drive is resumed, or a permanent crash that might cause a rethink and a new, more age-appropriate direction of travel.

 This article was first published by Politicalite on 25th March 

Child Abuse By Another Name

“That’s no surprise,” I reckoned when I saw the media headlines. “The Department for Education looks determined to extend its war on normal traditional families, normal healthy parenting and normal innocent children.” And, as I read the stories under the headlines, my heart sank. I was right.

With effect from September 2020 primary school children as young as five must be taught about gay and transgender relationships. And parents’ right to withdraw their children from inappropriate sex education is to be further reduced from the same date.

This is a nightmare of education that borders on child abuse. Only 2% of the UK population self-identify as gay and the Government Equalities Office reckons the trans population is under 0.08%. But instead of encouraging young children to relate well together when playing with their toys or chasing each other around the playground, the DfE wants to indoctrinate them with adult concepts about homosexuality and gender dysphoria.

“It’s not about sex,” argued a sex and relationships ‘expert’ who I debated on RT tv. “It’s about children accepting that today families come in different forms.”

“Really?” I replied. “It’s on the tin. The clue is in the name: homo-sex-ual.” It’s about same-sex sexual relationships. And teaching primary school children about homosexual relationships and about people changing their sex must inevitably sexualise them out of their childhood innocence.

Mind you, none of this is new. In 2010 Birmingham City Council sent to every primary school in the city a programme called Challenging Homophobia In Primary Schools (CHIPS). It was a “teaching resource aimed at children from Reception to Year 6” and, as intended, the programme necessarily had to educate the young children about homosexuality in order to then ‘challenge’ them about their supposed ‘homophobia’. Yet Reception children can be as young as four.

CHIPS was simply pro-gay propaganda, disguised as an anti-bullying programme, that was clearly intended to sexualise pre-pubescent children and promote homosexuality among them.

The Secretary of State for Education claims his new SRE regulations have a very different purpose. “They are mainly about teaching children kindness,” he is reported to have told a radio audience yesterday. If so, he cannot wonder why the public think politicians are liars and untrustworthy.

But all is not lost. As often, UKIP comes to the rescue. Every UKIP manifesto, from the much-lauded 2015 general election manifesto to Gerard Batten’s Interim Manifesto published last September, has pledged to completely ban sex/LGBT education in primary schools.

It’s yet another reason why UKIP is called the common sense party with common sense policies.

This article was first published by Kipper Central on 26th February

Rape Gangs: The Worst Social Crime For 200 Years

The decades-long and nationwide rape of many thousands of underage girls – and some boys – by brutal and depraved predominantly Muslim rape gangs is, in my view, the worst social crime for 200 years.

Decades-long?

Jayne Senior, the local whistle-blower who exposed the extent of child abuse in Rotherham, says that the gangs were certainly operating in the town in the 1990s.

Researcher and writer Peter McLoughlin – whose book Easy Meat is obligatory reading for those who want to understand the horror – reckons the first public reference to rape gang activity was in the Birmingham area in 1988, but he is confident that with further research grooming by Muslim men could be traced back even to the 70s.

Thanks to its Freedom of Information requests, the Sunday Mirror investigation into Telford child grooming obtained documents showing that the abuse epidemic was first recorded internally by the authorities as long ago as 1981.

So the rape gangs have existed in the UK, publicly unidentified and unacknowledged by the authorities, for up to four decades.

Nationwide?

It’s a mistake to think that the grooming gangs are restricted just to working-class northern towns like Rotherham, Rochdale, Bury, Newcastle and Bradford.

Telford in Shropshire has a massive ongoing grooming scandal and returns a Tory MP. Oxford, with its dreaming spires but also its infamous ‘shag wagon’ rape gang, is hardly a declining industrial city.

“Any area that says it does not have a problem with grooming gangs simply isn’t looking for it,” said the Chief Executive of Newcastle City Council in February following Northumbria Police’s extensive Operation Sanctuary investigation into child sexual abuse. Chief Constable Steve Ashman concurred: “There is every likelihood that this is happening in every town and city across the country,” he said.

Indeed it is. The cancer has spread countrywide. Even the quintessentially English south coast port of Plymouth, where Sir Francis Drake allegedly played bowls while the Spanish Armada approached, with its cobbled streets and famous Mayflower Steps from which Pilgrim Fathers set off for the new world in 1620, has suffered from grooming gang activities. Eight men were arrested on rape and drugs charges in December 2016: Salar Mohmood, Ibriam Ibryam, Samir Jewa, Mahmoud Kadar, Dana Rahem, Jasem Waly, Mozafar Kalepana and Xhimi Boko.

And the well-heeled and historic market town of Banbury in leafy Oxfordshire has had its own resident grooming gang too.

Many thousands of victims?

Sarah Champion, Rotherham’s MP since 2012, has labelled the rape gangs a “national disaster” and claimed there are “hundreds of thousands… up to a million victims of exploitation nationwide… girls in the process of being groomed.” She bases her calculations not only on her Rotherham experience but also from contacts she has had from across the country. As evidence she cited “four big cases each with a couple of thousand (girls)” that were occurring in the “smallest towns”.

In 2015 then Prime Minister David Cameron saw the issue as sufficiently serious and widespread to call it a “national threat” – although he did not publicly quantify that threat. 

Sampling can help us make reasonable estimates about the phenomenon:

In June 2017 police in the small mill town of Keighley announced they were investigating 179 new rape crimes, with 168 suspects and “more than 100 victims.” Keighley has a population of 51,000 and such an extensive track record of rape gang activity – publicly identified by the courageous Ann Cryer when she was local MP from 1997 to 2010 – that it caused the town to be named the nation’s “child grooming capital”. Extrapolating across the whole country solely, and therefore very conservatively, from the police’s 100 newly identified victims as a proportion of Keighley’s total population, there are at least 129,000 victims nationwide.

Oxford, has a population of 152,000 and 373 identified victims according to the Safeguarding Board’s Serious Case Review – but undoubtedly with many other hidden and unidentified children who have suffered too. Extrapolated across the UK, these cautious SCR figures indicate that there are at least 162,000 victims nationally.

Telford, has a population of 170,000 and, from the Sunday Mirror investigation, 1,000 victims. Extrapolated, this would imply 388,000 victims nationally.

Professor Jay’s Rotherham report “conservatively” identified 1,400 child abuse victims in the town during the period 1999 to 2013, out of a total population of around 255,000. Jayne Senior reckons the figure should be “at least 1,700… and could be up to 2,000 victims”. If we assume the real figure is Senior’s 1,700, then 0.07% of the total Rotherham population suffered at the hands of the rape gangs during those 14 years. More, of course, have suffered before and since.

Extrapolating the Rotherham figures across the UK, the national figure would be 440,000 victims.

From the above and other evidence it is reasonable to assume that there are now at least a quarter of a million (250,000) child victims of rape gangs across the UK – a national atrocity that is simply beyond words.

In a future article I intend to identify local authorities’ complicity in the atrocity, and how they sacrificed the nation’s children on the high altars of political correctness and electoral expediency.

This article was first published by UKIP Daily on 15 October and by Kipper Central on 16th October, 2018

Truth-telling About Rape Gang ‘Holocaust’, UKIP Conference 2018

In my capacity as UKIP Spokesperson for Families & Children, I gave a platform speech at the party’s annual conference in Birmingham on 21st/22nd September.

I focused on the largely unacknowledged and shameful rape gang scandal, which I referred to as a ‘holocaust of our daughters’.

The Daily Mirror said my comments were incendiary  while ITV’s report reckoned I was accused of being “alarmist“.

But in my view ‘holocaust’ is a valid description of the immense scale and violent depraved depths of the crime against under-age children across the country, and the UKIP audience seemed to agree.

If you wish you can make up your own mind by viewing the speech here .

A Tale Of Two Judges

“If the law supposes that,” said Mr. Bumble, squeezing his hat emphatically in both hands, “the law is an ass – an idiot.”

Mr Bumble’s dismissal of the legal system in Charles Dickens’ story of Oliver Twist came immediately to mind – but with the word ‘law’ amended to ‘judge’ – when I read last week that Britain’s most senior family court judge has argued that we should celebrate the demise of the traditional family unit and the growth of alternative domestic arrangements.

Indeed, “callously asinine” and “heartlessly idiotic” are more accurate descriptions of the outspoken judge’s views.

Sir James Munby is not the first of the UK’s American-style politicised judges who in recent years have jettisoned judicial neutrality in favour of further promoting the prevailing liberal agenda.

Neither is he the first to reject the intact two-parent family and to celebrate new flexible forms of ‘family’ that have developed – or been imported – over the past half-century.

The modern family has been defined as ‘a group of people who share a fridge’. Certainly an array of relationships is now on offer as ‘family’ – single parents, gay couples, threesomes (or ‘thruples’), temporary marriages, open and monogamish marriages, group and polygamous marriages. In California unsurprisingly, a man married his dog.

The government helped the decline of traditional marriage when it announced during the 2013 gay marriage debate that adultery would no longer be grounds for divorce. Undermining the traditional promise of faithfulness ‘till death do us part’, Baroness Stowell told the House of Lords in effect that modern couples are welcome to ignore their marriage vows and to get out and play the field. Legally, adultery is not now an issue.

But research confirms what common sense indicates, that on average children do best – socially, educationally, and health-wise – when they are nurtured by both birth parents who are committed to each other by marriage. This is not to say that single parents, for instance, cannot do a good job; after WW2 many widows were forced to bring up their children alone.

But children flourish best where there is stability, commitment and the unique love-bond that only both birth parents can give. When parents split, and when new partners are introduced into the home, the adverse impact on children’s sense of security and wellbeing is immense.

Tellingly, a previous family court judge has come to exactly the opposite conclusions to Sir James, and was virtually forced off the judges’ bench for saying so:

Sir Paul Coleridge served on the Family Division bench for fourteen years, from where day by day he saw the misery of fractured families and broken relationships. Instead of celebrating the resulting new forms of family, he twice spoke out publicly about the tragic decline of marriage, the peripheral relevance of same-sex marriage and the scourge of family breakdown; and in 2013 he was disciplined by the Judicial Conduct Office for action “incompatible with his judicial responsibilities”.

He promptly resigned and set up the Marriage Foundation to tackle this “national tragedy” by promoting long-lasting stable relationships within marriage. The organisation now has growing influence as it publishes reliable research into the personal and social cost of fracturing families and the benefits of long-term stable marriages.

Sir James of course will not be disciplined by the JCO because, unlike Sir Paul, he speaks slickly into the prevailing politically-correct anti-marriage zeitgeist.

But two opposite-sex married parents who prioritise their children’s wellbeing has, for good reason, been the healthy norm for flourishing families and the bedrock of a successful society for millennia, at least in Britain.

If we listen to Sir James, children will continue to suffer and society will continue its descent into selfish, isolated and dystopian individualism.

If we listen to Sir Paul, we can rescue wholesome family life and produce healthy nurturing social relationships, through which the next and succeeding generations will prosper.

Guess which judge issues the better judgement…

This post was first published by Kipper Central on 7th June

Another night in Rochdale

It was a filthy wet evening in Rochdale.

I was concerned, as I had arranged for two key people in the growing grassroots anti-grooming movement to meet and to go out on patrol around the town centre.

One of them is Billy Howarth, Rochdale born and bred, a working class man and proud of it. When he discovered that his young daughter was being groomed and the authorities failed to act, he went ballistic. If they wouldn’t do something to protect his daughter and girls like her, he would; he promptly set up Parents Against Grooming UK.

One of PAGUK’s activities is to run parent patrols around the town to warn children and young teenagers about the sexual abusers that inhabit public places like the bus station. As I saw when he took me out on patrol before Christmas, he knows everyone in the town, has a good relationship with the youngsters, and on their behalf has become a sharp thorn in the side of authorities and perpetrators alike.

For instance former Islamic preacher Abdul Rauf is one of the nine infamous Rochdale groomers who were convicted in 2012. He has since been released from prison back into the community. When Billy saw Rauf waiting in a car outside a local school recently – the same school that two of Rauf’s victims had attended – he went up to the car, verbally accosted him, filmed him and forced him to move on.

The other is Mohan Singh, the formidable founder of the Sikh Awareness Society, which he set up to counter the grooming of Sikh girls who, like the English victims, are despised kuffar (non-believers) to the Muslim paedophiles. Mohan’s work was the subject of a BBC Inside Out documentary: “The hidden scandal of sexual grooming of young Sikh girls by Muslim men.” You can view it here.

I first met Mohan earlier this year at his Birmingham home. I straight away realised that he sees the grooming gang atrocities with a penetrating clarity. “It’s an Islamic issue that’s occurring on an industrial scale across the country,” he told me. “Politically-correct authorities won’t deal with it properly until middle England wakes up and forces them to.”

With his long beard, orange turban, chola (Sikh warrior dress) and kirpan (Sikh ceremonial knife), I knew Mohan would cut a colourful and imposing figure out on parent patrol around the grey wet streets of Rochdale. The purpose of the patrols is educational and peaceful so there is almost never trouble. But also, loitering paedophiles know not to mess with Billy. Neither, I knew, would they mess with Mohan.

I introduced the two men to each other in the car park of Rochdale’s world-renowned Victorian Gothic town hall under its massive clock tower. It was a first meeting between these key activists that should strengthen the growing grassroots anti-grooming movement and result in some fruitful cooperation.

As we sheltered from the sheeting rain in a nearby hostelry, others joined us: John Clynch from the Democratic Football Lads Alliance; Dan Wolstencroft from Shatter Boys UK, one of the few organisations that supports male sexual abuse survivors; Tricky Powell from the pioneering group Women Against Grooming; and Rob Mudd and Tommy Barnes from UKIP Rochdale branch who recently ran a hard-hitting local election campaign over Labour’s responsibility for the grooming scandal.

Vlogger Phil Davies, aka Red Pill Phil, came along to film the event too.

It was a useful gathering of grassroots anti-grooming groups; contacts were made and plans were laid for future initiatives together.

In the event, the foul weather was so bad that the street patrol itself was a damp squib. We set off around Rochdale’s empty streets, got wet, but saw few people.

But overall, participants were encouraged. “At last people are seeing through the political correctness that has hidden the grooming gang threat,” said UKIP’s Rob Mudd. “Parents and grandparents are increasingly worried about the safety of their children, but there’s hope for them in the growing grassroots movement here in Rochdale and across the country.”

This article was first published on 29th May by Kipper Central

Alfie – Owned By The State

The courageous parents of little Alfie, Tom Ward and Kate James, have discovered the totalitarian fact that their child belongs first to the State.

Silly us. We thought that we live in a democracy where the government and its minsters (note the word: to minister means ‘to support’, ‘to help’ or ‘to care for’) are elected by the people for the people; where public servants are employed to, er, serve the public; and where the publicly-funded State institutions like the Armed Services and the National Health Service are there to – well, the name is on the tin.

But no longer: in 2018 Britain the idiots run the asylum and the servants are now the masters.

It’s been a long time coming. Since WW2 the tentacles of the State have spread ever wider and deeper so that now, whatever the problem, the knee-jerk response is to call on the government to solve it and pay for it.

So when Labour MP Carolyn Harris tragically lost her eight year old son and found the burial expenses too demanding for her domestic budget, she naturally turned to the prime minister for help. Mrs May, being a compassionate if childless woman, opened her bottomless purse of public money to set up the Children’s Funeral Fund (CFF). Now no grieving parents – no matter how wealthy – will ever again have to pay to bury their child.

“In the raw pain of immediate loss, it cannot be right that grieving parents should have to worry about how to meet the funeral costs for a child they hoped to see grow into adulthood,” explained Tory Mrs May empathetically.

“This is a simple piece of dignity for bereaved families across the country,” agreed Jeremy Corbyn for Labour, offering words of care and compassion.

As a result the State further increases its involvement in the most unifying and private areas of family life. Whereas in an earlier age a wider circle of grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins would have rallied round, made sacrifices and together fulfilled family responsibilities towards the grieving parents, they no longer have to.

The government has taken over a natural function of the family, the fairy godmother in Downing Street has given away more tax-payers’ funds, and Uncle Bill and Aunt Mavis are free to put down the deposit on their flyaway holiday or new car.

But State generosity with our cash comes at a democratic price – and here’s the rub. State involvement invariably brings with it the power to regulate our decisions and control our lives. To qualify for the CFF grant, grieving parents are required to use only permitted funeral directors and proper places and forms of burial or cremation.

It cannot be otherwise; it is good government to direct and hold to account those who receive public funds.

But, at £10 million pay-out a year, the CFF is merely a gnat bite to both government and society.

The National Health Service is a different being and on a different planet. Although born through the same spirit of compassion and service – Lord Soper called the 1946 formation of the NHS “the noblest domestic act of government in the 20th century and one of the most transparently Christian political acts in British history”- and with the same need to demonstrate good government, it has now grown into a massive £125 billion a year State behemoth whose reach extends into all areas of society.

And as a result bureaucracy has taken over from compassion, efficiency of management has replaced vocation of service, and through the NHS there has been dramatic expansion in the State’s power to regulate our personal decisions and control our family lives.

Which is what baby Alfie’s dad and mum, Tom Ward and Kate James, discovered when they passed their sick baby into the arms of the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital & NHS Foundation Trust. The hospital management decided they knew what was best for the little boy – to let him die – so they closed ranks, exercised their court-backed authority and refused to release the child back to his desperate parents.

The private affair became a public battle as Tom, Kate and their legal advisers faced up to the full power of the State – the legal system as well as the hospital authorities – in front of local supporters and global media alike.

The Pope appealed on their behalf, the Italian government granted citizenship to Alfie, and a fully-equipped air ambulance was on stand-by to fly the lad to reputable hospitals in Rome or Genoa.

But the servants are the masters now. The hospital management morphed into a monster, refused under any circumstances to grant the parents’ wishes and did not consider themselves obliged to publicly explain their reasons further than claiming a vague “best interests of the child”.

Alfie manifestly belonged to the State.

In the end a crushed and defeated Tom and Kate threw in the towel. They appealed for supporters outside the hospital to go home and said they would instead work with the hospital team “to provide our boy with the dignity and comfort he needs.”

Tragically, Alfie has now passed away. Our hearts go out to Tom and Kate as they grieve their loss in private.

Ironically, to add insult to injury, the State will now give them cash for their baby’s burial by way of the newly-created Children’s Funeral Fund.

A few days ago former Steven Woolfe MEP launched an ‘Alfie’s Law’ initiative through which parents like Tom and Kate will be able to choose an independent qualified advocate to act on their behalf in order to correct the power imbalance between themselves and the State.

I understand too that, in the light of the similar Ashya King and Charlie Gard cases, Lord Alton is working on a comparable initiative in the House of Lords.

Tom and Kate have lost their battle with the authorities, but their heroic action must serve as a wake-up call to parents and to democrats everywhere.

It’s time to grab back our rights from an increasingly totalitarian State, and UKIP must be at the front of the fight.

This article was first published on 3rd May by UKIP Daily

Time To Make Labour Pay

I have recently been appointed UKIP’s first spokesperson for Families & Children and in this capacity I have been spending time in Rochdale where one of the most infamous grooming gang scandals took place. I wrote the article below for Kipper Central this week:

It is a national catastrophe.

Predominantly Pakistani Muslim grooming gangs have flourished for decades up and down the country, while politically correct and self-interested Labour councils have turned a blind eye.

Thousands of young English girls have been groomed, raped, abused and trafficked as sex slaves, thanks to the Labour Party and its crime of omission.

Some Sikh girls and English boys too have had their lives wrecked by the groomers, while Labour looked the other way.

It’s right to hold Jeremy Corbyn’s party directly responsible. Rochdale, Rotherham, Oxford, Bradford, Keighley, Leicester, Telford, Oldham, Blackburn, Newcastle, Leeds, Ipswich, Birmingham, Slough, Blackpool, Preston, Hartlepool – these towns and others have two things in common:

First, every one of the town halls is run by Labour. And second, every one of these towns has provided public places – streets, shopping malls, school gates, curry houses, cab offices, car parks, even a car wash – for grooming gangs to operate freely, openly and with impunity.

It’s time to hold the Labour Party to account. Corrupted by political correctness so that it refused to acknowledge the abuse committed by members of ethnic and religious minority communities; and unwilling to upset these communities because of the volunteers, voting power and political support they supply to the party, Labour’s track record on the issue is shameful.

I have been investigating street grooming gangs for months and I first visited Billy Howarth, the founder of Rochdale’s Parents Against Grooming (PAGUK), in the autumn. As he showed me around the town centre where grooming takes place and told me about the corrupt Labour-dominated local council, I realised the issue is as much political as criminal. The gangs abused the girls because they knew the authorities would do nothing.

Whistle-blower Sara Rowbotham, who ran a sexual health centre for young people in Rochdale from 2004 until she was sacked in 2014, sent exact details of the street grooming to every relevant authority and agency in the town, but they sat on their hands.

More recently I met with the chairman of UKIP’s Rochdale branch, Lee Seville, and his committee. I took along leaders of both the Veterans Against Terrorism (VAT) and the Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA) who have expressed strong support for UKIP.

Together we drew up battle plans to take on the all-powerful Rochdale Labour party in the local elections on 3rd May in order to expose their failure to protect vulnerable girls.

The campaign is to be launched this Thursday 12th April. The DFLA are organising a peaceful protest march through Rochdale town centre, meeting at the Old Cricket Ground, Dane Street, OL12 6XT (by Asda Superstore) at 1.00pm and finishing at the old Town Hall opposite the police station on The Esplanade, OL16 1LB.

During the march we will be handing out UKIP campaign leaflets about the grooming gang scandal in the town. As well as DFLA and VAT platform speakers, UKIP leader Gerard Batten will address the marchers and the attending media. So too will branch chairman Lee Seville. I will be speaking as UKIP’s Families and Children spokesman.

When the rally is over, we will move to UKIP’s target wards and deliver UKIP leaflets through as many doors as possible.

All UKIP members are welcome to join us to hear Gerard speak, and to support UKIP Rochdale in this David-and-Goliath battle.

We’ve got the cause. We’re starting the campaign. Now let’s make Labour pay.

Grooming Gangs: UKIP’s Responsibility And Opportunity

My post here was first published on UKIP Daily:

One unfortunate by-product of Rotherham Labour MPs’ successful defamation case against UKIP’s Yorkshire MEP Jane Collins is that some members of our party are now less willing to tackle the national grooming gang scandal – the sexual exploitation and abuse of mainly young white English girls by mostly older Pakistani-heritage Muslim men.

Mind you, there always have been senior party members who insist that UKIP should not touch the issue. When I started investigating grooming gang activities in Hartlepool and Teesside, I was informed that UKIP’s former General Secretary and North East MEP Jonathan Arnott would not engage with the problem because it would be ‘anti-Muslim’ or ‘racist’ to do so.

This is the same sickening politically-correct excuse that the old parties and local authorities use. It has allowed the abuse of thousands of young girls – over 1,400 in Rotherham alone. And it was revealed just last week that men from Pakistani, Bangladeshi and other Muslim backgrounds have openly abused “with arrogant persistence” over 700 girls in Mr Arnott’s own constituency of North East England.

It’s a total disappointment that UKIP’s elected representative for the area decided to pass by on the other side over this problem. We can be pleased he’s now left the party.

But Jane Collins is made of sterner stuff and was absolutely right to expose Labour’s culpability in the Rotherham scandal. Whistle-blower Jayne Senior’s book Broken and Betrayed, amongst others, provides clear evidence that the Labour-run local authority not only looked the other way but also was responsible for covering up the abuse.

The problem is that Jane Collins chose the wrong Labour target. Instead of attacking the local authority she instead cited the three Rotherham Labour MPs one of whom, Sarah Champion, has in fact campaigned hard since her election in 2012 to protect the girls and expose the scandal. Ms Champion was even sacked from Jeremy Corbyn’s front bench for publicly identifying the rapists as Pakistani men and the victims as white girls. It is therefore no surprise that Jane Collins lost the libel case.

But the issue remains and girls are still being abused, and the evidence is that this phenomenon has occurred particularly in Labour fiefdoms like Rochdale, Oldham, Bradford, Blackburn, Derby, Leicester, Oxford, Newcastle – and of course Rotherham.

The destructive effect of Labour’s PC attitudes is horribly illustrated by the devastation caused to the lives of over 1,400 young girls in Rotherham. This is what the government’s independent Casey Review says (p160):

“The case of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham was a catastrophic example of authorities turning a blind eye to harm in order to avoid the need to confront a particular community. The town saw upwards of 1,400 children sexually exploited over more than a decade; groomed by predominantly Pakistani-heritage men offering drugs, alcohol and attention followed by sexual abuse and mental and physical coercion. 

“Despite the widespread knowledge of this practice across the local authority, statutory partnerships and many local residents, those with the power to act chose to defend ‘community cohesion’ and political correctness over the vulnerable children in their care. Destroying evidence of perpetrator ethnicity and shutting down services was preferable to confronting criminals from a minority ethnic community; such was their fear of offending local cultural sensitivities.” 

UKIP is the only national party that opposes political correctness, combats the widespread refusal to see and name reality as it really is, and refuses to play the PC game. We did it over Brexit. We especially did it over mass immigration. Unilaterally we changed the political agenda and reset the political debate; this was because to UKIP it is more important to tell the truth than to avoid offending someone’s feelings or sensibilities.

This doesn’t make us popular with the political class or with some vocal minorities on the Left, but it does make us a radical anti-establishment party that ordinary people like and support.

We now have the electoral opportunity and moral responsibility to enter the fray over the issue. For the sake of the girls and their families who still suffer, we must campaign to terminate Labour Party domination of grooming gang towns across the North and Midlands, and put an end to their harmful political correctness.

Local elections on 3rd May are less than nine weeks away. Let’s start there.