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Sat Nov 24, 2012, 06:39 PM
LeftishBrit (30,911 posts)
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Supporting the right to contraception and/or abortion. Not supporting the latest war. Wanting to increase taxes on the rich. Sympathizing with those Workshy Scroungers who want to keep the Disability Living Allowance. Being Now or Having Ever Been a member of the Communist Party, or having once had tea with someone whose grandmother had been a member of the Communist Party 40 years ago. Etc.
To clarify: it isn't that I myself think that any or all of these views or actions are morally equivalent to being anti-multiculturalism and holding all Farage's other loonytunes views! Obviously, I don't, or I wouldn't be a left-winger! However, once the precedent is set, that one can reject people as foster parents because of political views, do you honestly think that the likes of Gove and Duncan-Smith and Theresa May; and such county council officials as my own lovely Keith Mitchell the Birther in Oxfordshire - and I'm sure other people here will have other examples - do you think that they will NOT use the precedent to ban left-wingers from fostering, and possibly from other forms of access to children?
Moreover: the point stands that there are not enough foster carers for all the children who need them. I'd choose the risk of a child being exposed to unpleasant political views over their being shunted about between different children's homes and temporary carers for several years. I know plenty of people whose parents have had stupid, intolerant or bigoted views on various issues, and who have nevertheless adopted wiser views themselves (and, unfortunately, occasionally the other way around). But prolonged institutionalization, or being passed like a parcel between different carers, usually leads to some permanent psychological damage.
'I kept the faith and I kept voting/ Not for the iron fist but for the helping hand' - Billy Bragg
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