•Speaking about the widely-criticised decision by Rotherham council to remove three foster children from their parents for supporting UKIP, party Leader Nigel Farage told Channel 4(24.11.2012):
"What I want from this is not just an apology from David Cameron, not just an admission from Ed Miliband that their policy was a mistake. What I want from this is for these people to be given their full fostering rights, and to be given back the three children, who, by the way, were learning English and were doing very, very well."
Asked whether he thinks David Cameron is to blame for what happened, even if he now no longer believes that UKIP are 'mostly closet racists' (since retracted), Mr Farage said:
"I think the entire political class, Labour, Lib Dem and Conservatives, have all - since we opened the doors in 2004 and said to people in Eastern Europe, 'as many of you that want to come can' - tried to dampen down debate on this by throwing out the word 'racist' in an attempt to stop anybody having a proper conversation on this issue.
"And I think they now realise today that the game is up."
Asked about the timing of the issue, coinciding with the up-coming Rotherham by-election (Nov. 29), Mr Farage said he was alerted to the issue only last Tuesday (Nov 20):
"It was last week these children were removed. That timing isn't my timing. It isn't UKIP's timing. That was the timing chosen by Rotherham council."
Told that "it might not be the social workers' fault that an alarm went off when they heard UKIP, given what very senoir politicians have been saying about UKIP," Mr Farage said he agrees:
"The real villains of the piece are the leaders of the Labour and Conservative parties who have vilified UKIP for all that we've stood for, who've attemped to close down debate on open-door immigration, and who still refuse to have a proper debate about the fact that we're about to open the door even wider to Romania and Bulgaria."
Asked about the effects on an immigrant child who is adopted by foster parents that believe "there are too many immigrants" and fear "the dangers of multiculturalism", Mr Farage said that "somebody that holds the view that all of us that live legally in this country should speak the same language, get on together, integrate and become part of one society" is an even stronger candidate as a foster parent "because they would be absolutely determined to make sure those children learn the language and flourish at school."
Replying to questions on multiculturalism, he said:
"A mulitracial society can be harmonious, successful and in most parts of this country it is. What we've had over the last few years are very large numbers of people coming to Britain who don't even speak English. When you have that situation there is no chance of integration happening within our towns and cities and we finish up with a more divided society. That is not the route for Britain to go down."