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UKIP members of Lincolnshire County Council refuse to back anti-racism pledge

By PWhitelam_LE  |  Posted: May 17, 2013

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Chris Pain, UKIP group leader on the county, has refused to back anti-racsim pledge

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All 16 UKIP councillors on Lincolnshire County Council have refused to sign an anti-racism declaration.

Labour’s Rob Parker presented the document to ensure all Lincolnshire residents are treated equality and have access to the same services.

But Chris Pain, leader of the county council’s UKIP group, the official opposition, told today’s annual meeting of the council: “I cannot support this document.

“It actually pushes forward the chance of multiculturalism, one of the fundamental things that’s wrong with our society.

“UKIP’s stance is not racist.

“Our stance is on space and space alone.”

The motion was passed by 60 councillors who voted for it, with 16 abstentions from UKIP.

The party’s own motion to reduce the council newspaper County News to a single yearly issue to cut costs failed.

Cllr Pain had earlier pressed the council to reduce the amount of money spent on translators in Lincolnshire.

Saxilby ward member Councillor Jackie Brockway, Conservative, said: “I’m very concerned that there’s a theme developing that seems to be attacking the vulnerable and we need to careful about that.”

Cllr Hill said costs had already reduced from £54,000 to £43,000 and that translators perform important roles in schools and law courts.

Liberal Democrat John Marriott said: “I would hope our colleagues from UKIP come up with some more practical solutions as to how local government will survive.”

The meeting officially saw council leader Cllr Hill, his executive and committee heads appointed.

After last month’s election, the Conservatives lost overall control. Thirty-six Tories are now in a coalition with three independents and three Lib Dems.

UKIP has 16 seats, there are seven independents in opposition and 12 Labour councilors.

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  • Bob_Ovett  |  May 19 2013, 7:59PM

    Trenchcoat - I'm going to take this opportunity as well to call you a liar. A massive liar at that. There is no way that NKDC can agree to put in a wet room in someones house just because someone demanded it at the front desk. There is a massive layer of bureacracy and paperwork that has to be filled in before you can get people out. The idea that a translator would be there the whole time, especially as the mother is English, is ridiculous - ridiculous beyond words. You, my friend, are a liar. But hey, prove me wrong. If this is a true story, give us some facts. Maybe put in a Freedom of Information request. But don't lie to back up a spurious 'All eastern Europeans' are scum argument.

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  • Bob_Ovett  |  May 19 2013, 7:41PM

    Unfortunately Cllr Pain has come out with some pretty rotten stuff on Facebook that completely disproves the: "UKIP's stance is not racist. "Our stance is on space and space alone." Maybe Cllr Pain can explain to the Echo what the rules are of the 'Asylum' game he described in a lengthy facebook post. I certainly found it tough due to the lack of basic grammar and syntax. I'd like to know more though; Chris, could you tell me? I'd also like Cllr Pain to tell me where I can buy a 'goat class' ticket from Afghanistan. It sounds like a jolly good wheeze and I can't wait to give it a go. Again, Chris, could you enlighten me? Finally, who exactly should be getting 'on the next plane out'? Because that comment seemed to be aimed at an asian chap. Stealing our jobs I bet, those scallywags. Nothing to do with race of course, absolutely nothing. Or maybe his Facebook account was hacked, like the UKIP member reaching for a coke can in a 'Nuremburg' style, or maybe like the other UKIP prospective councillor who was posting on neo-nazi websites? They were hacked as well, no doubt by members of the woolly, pinko, left wing establishment who are just scared of UKIP and the voice of the 'silent majority' being heard. The first person to say 'Zanu-Labour conspiracy' gets a cracking purple rosette with a Union Jack on it.

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  • Trenchcoat  |  May 19 2013, 10:53AM

    I once did some contract work for nkdc and a english woman who had 5 kids the last of which was fathered by someone of polish nationality walked into the council demanded a wet room be installed into her council house to which they instantly agreed. Whilst all this work took place an interpreter had to be present. Now this polish bloke did not get out of bed till after 12pm but the interpreter was paid to be there from when the contractors started just incase the lazy bum got up and wanted to ask something. It baffled me how this couple managed to have such a relationship seeing as they apparently could not comunicate with each other.

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  • CardiffImp  |  May 19 2013, 10:09AM

    ....you're quite correct ckb911x. Part of the issue is with people coming to this country and expecting, actually demanding that we pay for everything including translation for anything and everything. If you really want to be accepted in the country you want to call 'home' then learning to speak the native language is a very good way to get accepted by others. If you can't speak the language then you get someone to translate for you at your own expense. Also and has been said already if we're going to have cuts then they have to be pretty much across the board. The only exception I might make to that is to the NHS. I'm not UKIP or a tory, but sorry lady m you are completely wrong. Get real and start using some common sense.

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  • ckb911x  |  May 18 2013, 10:11PM

    Simple question here - Why on earth should translators have to be provided for free for people that have chosen to settle in a country that speaks English? Why should all council produced literature have to be printed in multiple languages? Sorry if this racist based question offends anyone reading this :-/

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  • InsideStory  |  May 18 2013, 7:14PM

    I think now is a good time for everyone working on behalf of council and income tax payers to be made to declare any involvement or membership of any secret society then maybe we could make judgement on who we trust to represent us .

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  • Gelbbauch  |  May 18 2013, 4:54PM

    Councillors are there to provide services for the population of Lincolnshire. Why are they wasting time on irrelevancy? When is the auditor going to look into the behaviour of this Rob Parker and see how much money has been wasted as a result of his antics? The very suggestion that the voters of Lincolnshire would have elected a racialist, is an insult. By suggesting that the councillors need to sign a declaration against racialism brings the council into disrepute. Can we have this man disqualified from office?

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  • FreedomSpeech  |  May 18 2013, 2:04PM

    Ah, the great left-wing debate stifling tactic. Saves having to tax yourself by coming up with a coherent argument I guess eh Lady_M?

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  • Menshy  |  May 18 2013, 9:58AM

    Welcome to the site Lady_M, it's always good to have new views on debates. You seem to make some sense in what you say but I feel I ought to disagree with some aspects. You stereotype UKIP supporters as racists and I don't think this is so - a useful beginning in the debate would be to agree a definition of what a racist is. So; what's yours?

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  • Lady_M  |  May 18 2013, 9:01AM

    Hahaha just look at all the UKIP supporters commenting on this article, desperately attempting to justify their racism. Oh you aren't racists? Your just anti-immigration? The famous call of the UKIP supporter while they attempt to justify limiting the rights of others. Perhaps one day you will stop blaming all of your problems on people who were born in a different country from you and point the finger where it belongs, squarely at Westminster! It is mind boggling that this party of climate change deniers, homophobic, and bigoted people have any support at all, let alone actual seats on the council.

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