Anne Marie Waters is currently the bookies favourite to take over the leadership of UKIP. Having previously been banned by the national executive from standing in Lewisham. It now looks like a significant number of UKIP membere will vote for her. For some on the left this is a good thing, she will destroy the party, but as the leader of a small minority party she will be given a voice in the press that extends beyonds the one she currently has. This is important because her message is based on lies, exaggerations, hate and fear.
Three weeks ago she made a speech in which she spoke about Sandwell, in this speech she said the following:
I read an article about Sandwell in Birmingham, where over a five year period more than 6000 young British children were raped by grooming gangs, in that small area of Birmingham , 6000 children in a five year period. I care about that and I care about the fact that we are still lying, we are still attacking people.
Anne Marie read one of two articles on abuse cases in Sandwell, either this one in the Express and Star, or this in Breitbart. Both articles make it clear that there were over 6000 cases where Sandwell and Dudley council issued child protection orders, over a five year period. However this is not 6000 cases of grooming, this is is 6000 cases of child abuse, this includes parental neglect, families were drugs and alcohol are a problem, families where one parents is abused by their partner, families were it is suspected that their is violence against a child and some cases where children are suspected of being groomed. The NSPCC has an extensive guide as to why and when child protection orders are issued, as does the CAB. Anne Marie claims she cares about lying – well she is lying and by doing so she is effectively dismissing as less than important the vast majority of child abuse cases that do not involve grooming.
The majority of child protection plans, as this report of all cases in England between 2012 and 2016 makes clear, involve neglect and emotional abuse, of the 53000 protection plans put in place in 2016 just under 42000 involved neglect and emotional abuse. These are tragic cases which impact on the development of the child and which Anne Marie ignores by making abuse only about grooming. The grooming of young women is a problem, but it is not the only problem, and to make abuse only about this is to deny some of the other real problems that children face.
Anne Marie has released a video that states her plans for UKIP in the first 100 days of her leadership. This video it becomes obvious that she has no interest in Europe and Brexit, unless as a vehicle for her own views on Islam and Muslims. In it she states the following:
The EU does not control our immigration policy regarding Africa and the Middle East and by linking these two issues together Anne Marie makes clear what she wants to make UKIP into. The political wing of Pegida, the EDL and Sharia Watch. She is piggy backing on the back of Brexit and some UKIP members are falling for it, indeed they embracing it as the natural extension of the Farage policy of a nod and a wink to the far right.