Wednesday, August 01, 2007

What on earth is happening in Britain?

I may be a little scarce over the next few weeks while I get this new project at work off the ground.

I wanted to get this posted though, because it's a repeated news item that keeps coming up in my google alerts. I don't understand this at all. I've tried several times to write about it, but words fail me. So I'll let the news stories tell them instead.

Here are two articles from Sue Reid at The Daily Mail:

Councils making millions in incentives after snatching record numbers of babies for adoption

Councils are being offered bonuses of millions of pounds if they meet controversial State adoption targets.

Confidential figures obtained by the Daily Mail show that £36million in 'reward grants' has been promised to English councils in an attempt by Labour to increase adoptions of children by 50 per cent.

The money-earning targets were introduced by Tony Blair in 2000 and were intended to lift more older children out of the care system.

But critics say it is the most 'adoptable' babies and children under four who are being removed in the biggest numbers.

Give Us Back Our Children

A Welsh grandfather complained that his grandson of three weeks was earmarked by social workers. The mother, a 21-year-old with a mild learning disorder, was told that she might - just might - get post-natal depression and neglect her son.

To her great distress, her baby was put in the care of Monmouthshire social services within minutes of birth.

The grandfather said: "Our entire extended family - including two nurses, a qualified nanny and a police officer - have offered to help her care for the baby. I believe my grandson has been deliberately targeted for adoption since he was in the womb."

This is insanity. Try googling forced adoption britian - the results are endless. Stories similar to what happened to Erika are happening every week. If I had a young child in Britain right now, I'd be terrified. I've found several videos at YouTube regarding this.

What is going on?

12 complaints from ingrates:

Simon Bell August 2, 2007 at 7:22 AM  

I've been watching this story for a while. It seems to be a combination of factors:

.yes, targets were set. But these targets were set to get children out of the care system (foster homes) and into permanent placement (adoption).

.the family courts are a closed court in Britain and as such escape public scrutiny.

I have spoken to care workers and they all seem honestly astonished but the data proves the point. There are twice as many very young infants taken into care as there were 10 years ago. There are also twice as many very young infants adopted from care. The figures for older children, and for children in Scotland, do not correspond.

Therefore there are serious questions to answer. (Beware the Daily Mail though, it is one of our more sensational papers and if there is a wrong end of any stick, they normally grasp with both hands.)

If you want to see the raw data, check my delicious or I'll send the link.

In the mean time, put this chap in your reader:
He's an MP who is asking all the questions.

Unknown August 2, 2007 at 4:36 PM  

this was thanks to Tony Blair's social and welfare policies.

they are now calling england The Nanny State.

it is similar to how adoption and child welfare works in canada.

it isnt until this starts happening to many many people before it starts to make news.

i've lived it. and im tryin not to be afraid.

Ungrateful Little Bastard August 2, 2007 at 8:28 PM  

Simon thanks so much for the additional info. I'll admit being totally ignorant as to UK newspapers.

Erika - yeah, I had noticed that some of those stories were older; that many of the people had been afraid to talk until other people started.

Doughnut August 2, 2007 at 9:51 PM  

This is clearly an unwarranted infringement on parental rights without any justification. I would like to think it can't happen here. Its why everyone should always watch guard personal rights and freedoms. Governments can become tyranical and it seems Britian is pushing the envelope. It isn't right!

Anonymous,  August 3, 2007 at 1:13 PM  

I live in the UK. It isn't just the Daily Mail that is reporting this - ALL the newspapers are.

The Daily Telegraph, which is a very highly respected paper, has reported this too.

(if link does not work, cut and paste line by line into Google)

They reported on a family who had 3 kids taken from them. When the mother realised she was pregnant again, they fled to Ireland.

The English social workers tried to take this one - but the snag for them was that the Irish government demanded proof of abuse.
Surprise, surprise - there wasn't any! The social workers withdrew their demand! Their baby is very happy and healthy. Sadly the English government will not return any of their other children, yet they admit that the parents had done nothing wrong.

Anonymous,  August 3, 2007 at 1:26 PM  

One promising sign though - you know the government is in trouble when both their own members and the Establishment are speaking out about this.

Harriet Harman MP has always been against this. She is now the deputy leader of the Labour party and is also the Leader of the Commons. They are very powerful positions to be in - and she has publicly spoken out about this.

Judges are also speaking out about this too - very highly placed ones.

Sir Mark Potter publicly says he has concerns about the complaints of secret justice and lack of openness.

Justice Munby publicly says that the balance ... between confidentiality and ... open justice is badly skewed."

The Lord Chancellor has been replaced with one that actually listens as well.

Let's hope that they get the message through to Gordon Brown and that he acts on this asap.

Gordon Brown wants to be elected - the last thing he needs is a revolt of the family unit on his doorstep.

Anonymous,  August 3, 2007 at 1:31 PM  

I have written to Gordon Brown about this - I urge everyone else to do the same.

Just Google UK PM and his web site comes up. Right at the very bottom of the page is a row of words. Click on "feedback". When the next page shows, click on "Contact the Prime Minister" and tell he what you think!

Tell everyone to do the same.

Anonymous,  August 3, 2007 at 1:51 PM  

Well, Britain's most respected paper, The Times, has reported this as well. You KNOW the government is in trouble when they report this.

The article was written by a QC - Queens Council - a very high ranking barrister (lawyer) who works to defend the government.

David Pannick QC says it is time for the family courts to come out ot the dark ages.

He starts the article with "where there is no publicity, there is no justice" Brilliant!

We have to keep applying the pressure to the UK government until they change this ridiculous law.

What right do social workers have to snatch babies because the mother MIGHT become depressed in the future and do something.

Have you heard of anything so absurd in your life?

And the parents can be put into jail for protesting this!!??

Words fail me - I hope all adoptees from this era will know the truth when they grow up and realise that they were stolen from loving parents who loved them and had done nothing wrong.

Ungrateful Little Bastard August 3, 2007 at 5:19 PM  

You're right Lee, it isn't right, and it's so scary.

Anon.. thank you for taking the time to write out more information on this situation. I read it all over a few times, but I still find it absolutely incomprehensible.

Anonymous,  August 4, 2007 at 11:44 AM  

Dear Ungrateful

No problem.

Britain used to be socially progressive but ever since Tony Blair came to power, Britain is going back to the dark ages.

People (including myself) told him this was going to be bad. One politician read my report to the government and used it to help him tell the government in public in Parliament about this - Tony sneered and mocked us. Now the shoe is on the other foot and Tony is nowhere to be seen. It is interesting to note that the government thought my report important enough to keep a copy of it at Westminister Library.

I even went to the House of Commons committee meetings where they were drafting these laws. I confronted these politicians personally when they didn't reply to my letters - I gave them a piece of my mind. Other politicians actually stood in amazement when I did this! Some wrote back and applauded my efforts to make the government see sense.

Too bad the people that needed to listen didn't and they pressed ahead with these draconian laws anyway.

Gordon Brown is now going to pay the price for this.

I would not be surprised if people get together and take the British government to the European Court.

Anonymous,  August 4, 2007 at 11:57 AM  

People have now launched a number of petitions at the PM's website.

One already has 500 signatures on it!

Others have now set up web sites to fight this.

One person says he has never had the misfortune with dealing with Social Services (appropriately called the "SS" after the Nazi police) but that he was so enraged about this situation that he has site up one of the best sites I have seen about this.

What I will do is send these sites to Ungrateful so that they can be posted to the blog.

Another web site has just appeared today.

There are a LOT of angry parents out there, I can tell you!

Parents are fighting back - Gordon better beware - families are not going to take this anymore!

Anonymous,  August 10, 2007 at 4:30 PM  

Good news - people ARE taking this to the European Court.

The British court system tried to delay this by refusing some families the court transcripts for their "forced adoptions".

The Sunday Telegraph (God Bless Them!) went to the Justice department and publicly asked them why these families had been refused their LEGAL RIGHT to a court transcript which they NEED to appeal their cases at the European court.

Do you know what they said?

"Oh there must have been some misunderstanding - these families will get them straight away"!!

Yeah right - misunderstanding?!

No - it was a delaying tactic which they got caught out on!

I will keep you posted about these cases - I hope they sue the UK government's ass off!

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