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Rev'd Canon Dr (Labour) denounces South Yorkshire police officer (Ukip)

 

The Rev’d Canon Dr Alan Billings is a retired vicar of some academic standing: not only was he a member of the respected Youth Justice Board, he was director of the Centre for Ethics and Religion at Lancaster University and vice principal at Ripon College Cuddesdon. He also happens to be a longstanding supporter of the Labour Party (indeed, he co-authored the 1985 report Faith in the City which was highly critical of the economic policies of Margaret Thatcher). As sure as lefty night follows clerical day, he is a frequent guest on BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day.

Canon Billings was recently selected as Labour’s candidate for South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), to replace the disgraced Shaun Wright, who was embroiled (if not complicit) in the appalling cover-up of the sexual abuse of over 1400 children in Rotherham. Interestingly, the Ukip candidate in this contest is former South Yorkshire police officer of 30-years Jack Clarkson, about whose suitability for the role Canon Billings is unequivocal: “We don’t want a politician for this job and we certainly can’t have a former South Yorkshire police officer”, he writes in a campaign letter.

With the permission of one of the recipients of that letter – Mr Alexander Williams – it is reproduced below:

Alan Billings PCC

Canon Dr Alan Billings may be right in his assertion that the people of South Yorkshire might not want a right-wing politician or a right-wing South Yorkshire police officer to be their PCC. But do they want a left-wing Anglican cleric? You see, South Yorkshire Police may have been institutionally indolent and negligent in their duties and obligations to protect the innocent victims of rape and sexual abuse. But the Labour Party is hardly blameless in this still-unfolding horror, is it? Surely, if Jack Clarkson is to be dismissed as a credible candidate because of his membership of and association with South Yorkshire Police, a fortiori Canon Billings ought to be discounted because of his membership of and association with the Labour Party. (We won’t go into what the Church of England has or hasn’t been doing to combat or mitigate child abuse over the past decade).

Alex Williams has responded to Dr Billings’ letter thus (again, with permission):

Mr Billings,

I take issue with your campaign letter, which has today been delivered, addressed directly to me. Whilst I take issue with the fact that it’s addressed to me, I’ll come back to that later.

First and foremost, by suggesting that a former South Yorkshire Police officer would not be a suitable candidate for the role of PCC, is to suggest that by default, the entire South Yorkshire Police Force was involved in the Rotherham scandal (A scandal YOUR parties cllrs and MPs stood by and watched, knowing full well what was going on) should be sacked and new people hired to do the job. I feel this is neither what you were suggesting, nor a very good idea and thus I fear that this is nothing more, than a deliberate and targeted attack on the UKIP candidate, who is a former South Yorkshire police officer, one with an untarnished record of service, who then went into business himself and has since become an elected councillor. Smear tactics, be they subtle, or be they loud, are unacceptable from a man in your position, seeking the position of PCC!

Secondly, your letter continues the lies that your despicable party, have been spreading throughout the country, that UKIP apparently wish to charge you, to see your GP! I’m utterly flabbergasted, that Labour continue to do this, not only is it a bare-faced lie, but worse than this, the ONLY people to suggest charging for GP visits in recent years, are LABOUR LORDS!

Whilst I am not myself religious, I feel that religious leaders, ESPECIALLY LOCAL religious leaders, have a duty to tell the truth, be honest and upstanding members of society and should NOT in any way shape or form, be involved in the administration, or policing of this nation, but merely a moral compass for those who do. Bearing in mind the lies that you’re telling in order to get elected, I must request that you stand down immediately from your candidacy and allow real democracy to take place.

In regards to the fact that you have sent me a letter directly, I’d like to know exactly how you came across my name and address? My wife has not received a letter, nor my 19 year old step-daughter, both of whom are on the electoral register at this address. I have never been a Labour member, I have never willingly given my contact information to Labour and I have never written to a Labour MP or councillor from this address. Please inform me of how exactly you got my name and address, in order to send me the letter. I strongly suspect you have obtained a copy of the UKIP Doncaster Branch membership information, no doubt considering your conduct thus far, by less than morally acceptable methods, as neither my daughter, nor my wife are UKIP members, simply voters and this is the only likely place I can think of, that you would come across my information, but not theirs.

Yours Sincerely

Alex Williams

Mr Williams is not, as he says, a religious man. But observing that Alan Billings elevates himself by signing off with his socio-symbolic Anglican office, Mr Williams says (via Twitter): “It furthers my belief that religion is not exempt from a lack of a moral compass. Willing to tell lies for power.”

By ‘religion’, of course, in this context, he means the Church.

Christian involvement in politics is fraught with tensions. But in Canon Dr Billings, we see once again an evidently intelligent and otherwise thoughtful and discerning man deriding “right-wing” candidates, caricaturing ‘Thatcherism’, spreading disinformation about policy, and content to cut down a Ukip-er with a purposeful character smear. And this particular Ukip-er is a former police officer of considerable character integrity with an impeccable 30-year record in public service. He has served (and continues to serve) for the common good of his community. But in Canon Billings’ enlightened theo-political worldview, the “right-wing” are disqualified from community service by virtue of their narrow and selfish creed of individualism if not their bigoted and racist political philosophy.

The people cry out for politicians they can trust, and, God knows, they need clerics who will speak the truth. By all means, tell it like it is and speak as you find it. But please don’t drag the Church of England through the mud in the process.

  • Uncle Brian

    Canon Doctor Billings is obviously very, very keen to get the job. Too keen, one might suspect.

    • carl jacobs

      Seems to me that if Labour is implicated in the scandal, then Labour would be anxious to oversee identifying and fixing the problem. It wants to be seen as prosecutor and not defendant.

  • C Law

    The whole concept of a political Police and Crime Commissioner (how can you be both – the Police are there to fight Crime?) is such an appalling dog’s dinner that the job perfectly fills the old saw that anyone who wants it is, by definition, totally unsuitable for it.

  • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

    Goodness! Dr Billings has inspired me to stand as Police and Crime Commissioner for Barset, for the Whig Party, naturally! I summoned Chief Constable Knapweed and Superintendent Plod to The Palace to sound them out, and they are behind me 100% as is My Lord the Bishop. Mr Slope is behind the bishop…but that is quite another matter. I have lots of good ideas – transportation to the colonies for litter louts, public birching of youths who let their trousers reveal their underwear as they walk down the street, and spot fines for anyone wearing lycra. Oh the fun! All I have to do is get elected. Thank heavens we live in a Rotten Borough!

  • carl jacobs

    Labour Talking Points

    1. The Police are totally 110% to blame.

    2. BTW, the Police are a bunch of bigoted right wing fanatics who steal lollipops from children.

    3. Did I mention the Police are totally and completely 150% to blame for this?

    4. Vote Labour and we will clean it up because LABOUR IS TOTALLY INNOCENT OF ANY COMPLICITY OR CULPABILITY.

    5. Don’t pay any attention to those ads showing pictures of Labour politicians. Those are all right wing lies told by the Police to evade responsibility.

    6. The police are all a bunch of right wing bigots you know. That’s why this crime happened.

    The best defense is a good offense. This is why I despise politicians. They shape narratives to fit their own parochial interest of achieving power.

    carl

    • Politically__Incorrect

      Actually, the Police behaved more like socialist bigots. They were wiling to sacrifice the safety of children in the interest of their diversity god. Its a bit like the ancient worship of Moloch

  • dannybhoy

    Apart from the fact that I fail to understand the logic of any, yes, any true Christian being a labour supporter…
    🙂
    Nor can I understand the sense of police and crime commissioners, or allowing the laws that govern a society to be interpreted by unaccountable lawyers with unlimited access to public funding ….
    So there.

  • Has this chap anything to do with “The Billings Ovulation Method” ?

    • dannybhoy

      You have a rather fertile imagination HJ..

      • Fertilisation, like comedy is ……….

        • … anybody?

          • CliveM

            Sorry I’m having a slow day!

          • Most excellent and very well timed responses, Clive.

          • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

            And WHAT’s wrong with Protestants, might I ask?

          • My dear Mrs Proudie, some overlook the happiness and joy to be experienced in this life alongside the struggles and pain. Jack would not include you in this category.

          • CliveM

            Honestly Catholics, they just like to fill us all with guilt!

          • Not at all ……… there’s no guilt once you’re right with God.

            True, the Catholic Church is energetically against sin. Sin is real, destructive, and to be avoided. Guilt is good and healthy when our conscience is informing us, warning us, against performing or persisting in evil actions. Why? Because committing evil strains or breaks our friendship with God and damages our interior peace and integrity.

          • CliveM

            Happy Jack

            I was having a laugh at a previous starement you made when you said you thought it was only Catholics that did guilt!! 🙂

          • Serious subject, though.
            Catholics do “do guilt”. They also have a keenly developed awe of God’s Justice. That’s because we understand grace, once received, can be lost. We appreciate the implications of grievous sin and the need to follow the Holy Spirit’s promptings to maintain and re-establish a right relationship with Christ.

          • CliveM

            Oh just got it………,,,,,,

            Timing!

          • dannybhoy

            Eggsactly!

  • Great post Cranmer. If it was a choice between Labour and the Kippers, I’d be a kipper anyday.

  • David

    Well said Your Grace. Many thanks for this article.
    Being both a Ukip and C of E “activist” this article has drawn me out of my recent “radio silence”.
    Personally I fail to understand how any Christian can support any of the three establishment parties as they continue to entrap us within the anti-Christian EU, an emerging empire whose very reality defying constitution, refuses to even recognise the Judaeo-Christian foundation of the nations of the European continent. The philosophical base of its laws is French Humanism, Christianity being deliberately undermined. How shallow so much of this so called “debate” truly is. How few politicians, especially those connected with the established Church, seem to see the wider picture – there’s not much in depth, in breadth or strategic thinking and analysis occurring.

    Since Cameron finally, effectively, severed the hitherto unseen link between the Conservative Party and many of the more committed in the established Church, with his redefinition of marriage, it only leaves Ukip to support the faith. Indeed Ukip is the only political party that openly supports the British Judaeo-Christian cultural heritage. Ukip also aims to provide Christians with the legal “space”, the freedom, to follow their consciences, thereby living their faith.
    How can any clergyman, trained to read Scripture in a thoughtful, inquiring way, be so blind as to the basic nature of the body, the EU, from which has poured its laws promoting anti-Christian relativism, which has cut such a swathe of human suffering through South Yorkshire, I ask myself ? Tribalism, but not reasoning, rules, I guess ?

    • CliveM

      Amazing it doesn’t seem to matter what party a Christian is a member of, they all have difficulties understanding how a true Christian could vote somewhere else.

      Why is that do you suppose? Is it lack of imagination, empathy, understanding or a spiritual arrogance?

      • David

        Probably because, they lack the knowledge needed to make rational decisions, for the common good, because they don’t question the underlying roots of anything. Very little “education” encourages thinking, just emoting and being brainwashed.

        • CliveM

          Do you not think that is an arrogant assumption? Having spent most of my adult life in Scotland, I can’t tell you how bored I got with people telling me I couldn’t be a Conservative and a Christian. And it had nothing to do with SSM. I think you have to be careful about writing off other peoples beliefs and conclusions simply because it doesn’t fit your own set of prejudices. It is healthy that you will find Christians in all parties. I may not agree with them, but unless I set myself up as some sort of infallible expert, I need to accept I maybe wrong and they might be right.

          • David

            I understand your argument about Christians in all parties. It has validity. Moreover I am not “writing off” his beliefs. But I am constructing an argument, as indeed happens in politics, when they are adduced, with their relevant supporting evidence.
            Having said all of the above, it is clear that the underlying facts, regarding the basis of our nation, with its now compromised sovereignty, and the nature of the EU, give very considerable weight to what I propose. At a time of such national peril, a wishy washy, “all points of view” is simply inappropriate I believe, as a Christian. Let us focus on the main points, the rest will follow on later, once the strategic context is secured. It is however, I will concede, a question of what you see as a priority. For me, without a once again sovereign, free and democratic nation, in which to live, all the other very valid Christian derived aims will come to naught. However recognising the inescapable human weaknesses of my judgement I happily subject them to God’s.

          • CliveM

            Ok here’s my problem. I am no fan of the EU. However one of your main criticisms is that it is an increasingly secular entity. How is this different from the UK? You also (rightly) suggest that membership reduces national sovereignty. But why is that inherently anti Christian?
            Personally I share your concerns, but I don’t think that counter arguments to this view are necessarily anti Christian.

          • “You also (rightly) suggest that membership reduces national sovereignty. But why is that inherently anti Christian?”

            ‘Tower of Babel’, the ‘Beast’ and all that sort of stuff, one suspects

            It is secular and humanist which makes it fundamentally opposed to Christianity. Its also thoroughly undemocratic.

          • CliveM

            Happy Jack

            If pooling sovereignty is inherently anti Christian (Pooling after all leads to some loss of sovereignty) then surely the Union of Parliaments of 1707 was also wrong. Should then have Scotland voted for independence in September?

            I agree their is a big democratic deficit on the EU, but I do have a hazy memory of you arguing that democracy wasn’t necessarily Christian!! Not going looking however!! 😉

            My point isn’t that the EU is a good (I’m not sure it is), its just I think it’s ‘simplistic’ to say that you can’t be a Christian and vote for any party that supports membership.

          • Happy Jack is agreeing with you ………..

            And liberal democracy with universal suffrage, is not necessarily Christian or essential for man’s common good. It is but one form of government. How long has it been around? And just look where its taking us. We can’t blame it all on the EU.

          • CliveM

            Sometimes I’m a bit thick! Maybe more then sometimes.

          • No, its Jack’s style. He doesn’t always make himself clear.

          • CliveM

            Problem of communication lacking visual clues. Can be fun………….

          • Tone of voice too.
            Bit like reading scripture …….. open to misunderstanding.

          • Little Black Censored

            Talking of style, do you have to refer to yourself in the third person. It makes you sound rather pleased with yourself.

          • dannybhoy

            My complaints regarding our involvement with the EU include that we were taken in by Ted Heath without knowing that the ultimate goal was a European State.
            That it goes against my belief in national freedom and independence.
            That inevitably freedoms must be reduced and government becomes centralised, anonymous and unaccountable.
            That the EU is inward looking and bureaucratic.
            That competition is stifled. That we have little influence in Europe.
            That our nation has historically been engaged with international trade and international affairs and that we would do better outside of the EU than in it.
            None of those are specifically Christian issues.

          • CliveM

            Dannyboy

            I agree with your concerns. The point I was really making with David, is certainly at a party political level, you should avoid making exclusive claims to Christianity and that whilst I may not agree with them Christians in other parties may have come to sincere but different conclusions as to how you address the issues of the day. And these different conclusions can be based on their understanding of what God is telling us.

          • dannybhoy

            Hence my provocative comment about Christians and Labour voters. I was curious to see what reaction there would be.
            It is my real belief that a society in which the vast majority were Christians, could make any current political system work

          • CliveM

            And did you get your expected response?

          • dannybhoy

            Er, ….no..

          • ukfred

            Some of us did suspect as much, asked the question and were lied to by the politicians of the day. The only ones who were willing to speak the truth and whose names would be remembered by most today were Tony Benn and Enoch Powell.

          • dannybhoy
          • David

            But were not both of the Parliaments that formed the Union of Scotland and England, based upon Christian precepts ? Whereas pooling our UK sovereignty with a Humanism based European grouping was a different sort of thing. You are not comparing like with like.

          • CliveM

            So you would be happy losing sovereignty and subsequent loss of local accountability, including an increasing democratic deficit, if you believed the EU was not anti Christian ( or pro secular if you prefer)?

          • David

            Err, I shall assume that is not a serious question. But the answer is unsurprisingly, no, for reasons already cited, including ones put clearly below by dannyboy.

          • Graham Wood

            Clive. I appreciate your concerns here about the secularism of both the EU and the political establishment here in the UK.
            National sovereignty is supremely important because once that is destroyed (and that is one of the primary objectives of the EU), then national and personal freedom is threatened, and eventually lost altogether. That is happening now in the UK as we know, step by incremental step.
            No political party has the answer, and all are composed primarily of career politicians who are interested in two things – firstly power, secondly tribal loyalty.
            UKIP is arguably the lesser of the three evils!
            So, IMO the loss of sovereignty is IMO definitely anti Christian because accountability by government to the electorate is diminished (most of the decisions of importance are made in Brussels), and the EU is corrupt beyond reform, and is set on undermining, and then destroying religious freedom, and particularly Christianity and Christian expression in the UK.
            Why “anti-Christian” you ask?
            I suggest that the answer is found in Romans 13 where the place of the State (secular or otherwise) is to be “under God” In other word, political authority stems from God, not from man, and not even ultimately from “the people”.
            This being the case it shows that government does not have the right to do what it wills, and especially outside the clearly defined will of God. “Gay marriage” is a case in point, and in direct defiance of God’s order for marriage and relationships. But suppression of religious freedom is quite another and more serious matter.
            Government is but a servant (of God) and we are to ensure that it does not usurp a servant’s place and become a master of tyrant. I think Romans 13 brings these principles into perspective in relation to government.

          • David

            Well expressed – spot on in fact !

          • David

            That is a very complicated question and I can’t write an essay to answer it. There are many influences that have edged the UK towards becoming a secular state. And I agree leaving the EU will not obviously return us to where we were before, regarding the influence of faith on our nation. But, and it’s a big but, do not underestimate the influence of the laws arriving here from Brussels, laws based on Humanism, on the overall direction of our national journey these last four decades. The basic underlying concept of the UK before we joined Europe, of The Queen in Parliament, a Queen appointed by God, was undoubtedly a a model with its roots deep in a Judaeo-Christian world view, was it not ? But now that is being, not abolished, but subsumed layer by stealth- full layer under the incoming continental, Humanism derived, political and legal arrangements. Can you appreciate that, basic constitutional point ? Exposing the country to those influences was one of the reasons that some here sought a union, which they set about achieving, by stealth. None of this was ever mentioned in the run up too the referendum. It was sold, to us, dishonestly, as a boost for trade and friendship. As our union is built upon deceptions, or wrongful selling, I regard it as fundamentally illegal, in the moral sense. I hope that helps.
            I suppose it also depends upon whether you, personally, believe that Christians should strive to create a political entity around themselves, “Caesar”if you like, which remains separate from, but reflects in some ways, and has a dialogue with, the Kingdom of God, represented in very imperfect ways by the local, national expression of the Universal Church. I do prefer such an arrangement. Of course it is not the only good arrangement, and the US for example had another one. But it was an arrangement that had far more potential for strengthening Christianity and the “common good”, than what we were drifting towards before Ukip burst upon the scene. To return to the beginning, it amazes me how many Christians cannot see that in promoting EU supporting political parties, they are attacking the Christian foundations of their own country. I rest my case.

          • Graham Wood

            David.

            Your comments in reply to Clive are all spot on. Fully agree.
            FYI, and if you are not already aware, the following petition (perhaps one of the most important ever circulated on the internet) calls for religious freedom in the UK.)
            Something our governments in deep hypocrisy pay lip service to, but which they deny through risible “equality” laws which emanate via the European Union.

            I have encouraged sponsors of the’Go’ petition with the following – and link below:

            Whilst the petition pertains mainly and directly to the UK, I’m sure that Brits and English speaking people all over the world would wish to sign up to this.
            The SSM “marriage” Act was the most shameful and degrading Act ever passed through a British Parliament, and is indeed one primary reason for desertion by voters from the Conservative party in the UK, and particularly Christians.

            But the issue is much wider, as the petition wording presents it, namely that of religious freedom.
            Freedom of conscience, and freedom of assembly (i.e NOT to be forced to identify with alien ideologies which are mutually exclusive with one’s own beliefs, Christian or otherwise).

            Therefore, please keep on circulating this, and encourage others to do so also. If you have not already informed three particular Christian organisations in the UK – ‘Christian Concern’ and the ‘Christian Institute’ and ‘Christian Voice’, please let them know of this petition.

            http://citizengo.org/en/11955-rights-all-uk-citizens-freedom-conscience-religious-belief-and-expression-be-fully-guaranteed

          • David

            Thank you. Yes I have already signed the petition. Gay marriage was one of the two factors that turned me from a Conservative supporter into a Ukip activist.

  • Johnnyrvf

    ‘A man can only serve one master’, God or mamon. Socialism could be considered another form of mamon and is absolutely against God, there is NO ambiguity. Billings might think he is a Christian but by being a Labour Party supporter he is the opposite. His ego and ambition trump what little if any humility and obedience to God’s word he has ever purported to have had.

    • The Labour Party isn’t a socialist party ! And let’s be honest, no political party is favourably disposed towards Christianity – UKIP included.

      • CliveM

        ‘No political party is favourably disposed to Christianity’

        There are individuals within all the parties who are, but essentially as vote harvesting machines, in this increasingly secular nation you are sadly right.

      • Johnnyrvf

        ??????? The Labour party isn’t a socialist party? Would you care to please explain to me why they sing socialist songs at their party conference every year then ???????

        • CliveM

          Nostalgia!

        • Tradition? To appease the Unions? Because they’re numptys. Take your pick. You really think they still believe, if the majority ever did, in the proletariat leading the establishment of a socialist republic?

          • Johnnyrvf

            Undoubtedly. They don’t believe in democracy or the protection of the people and the country that is for sure, actions speak louder than words.

          • Let’s be honest, all political parties have a tendency to behave like lying wh*res. UKIP will be no different. However, all of them have Christian members – yes, all of them – who don’t all necessarily sell their integrity to secure votes.

      • ukfred

        Really? Everything they have done while in office from 1997 to 2010 was designed to destablise the country so help bring about a situation in which revolution, in which they hoped that the socialists would win of course, would become more and not less likely.

    • CliveM

      “A man can only serve one master’, God or mamon.” I have had this accusation thrown at me many times in relation to capitalism.

  • bluedog

    Your Grace, the Act of Settlement 1701 provided that, ‘no person who has an office or place of profit under the King, or receives a pension from the Crown, shall be capable of serving as a member of the House of Commons’. A principle that has been progressively watered down but which none the less still stands.

    In the matter of Dr Billings we have the holder of one office of profit under the Crown, Billings being a minister of the CofE, who now seeks a second office of profit under the Crown through election to the office of South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

    While the Act of Settlement does not directly apply to Dr Billings in either function, one does feel that he should follow the constitutional principle of limiting the number of troughs into which he lowers his snout to just one.

  • Politically__Incorrect

    Putting aside for a moment the fact that another lefty member of the CofE is attacking UKIP, I feel that we as a society keep failing to address the wider issue around this case. Sure, the police and social services were complicit in this atrocity and should be brought to book. But they did not carry out the rapes. Those who did carry them out knew that our British “values” would allow them to exploit with impunity because of their ethnicity. They knew that our pc culture would force the authorities to turn a blind eye for fear of being labelled racist. In that sense, most of British society has some responsibility for the rape of those children.

    The media never focuses on the perpetrators of these crimes. The authorities provide a useful deflection away from the sensitive issue of multi-culturalism It is apparently all the fault of the police and social services. It’s not just their fault. Are these cases being investigated properly now? I have no idea. What I am certain of is that if someone with the same cultural mindset as the previous PCC takes over, we are no more likely to see these rapists brought to book than under the previous administration. Changes at the top are not enough. We need a change in culture that says rape is rape, regardless of the culprit’s ethnicity, and that nobody gets excused because of the country they or their predecessors came from, or their religion. Until we can reach that level of maturity as a nation, this kind of atrocity is going to repeat itself, as indeed is happening right now.

    • DanJ0

      ” Those who did carry them out knew that our British “values” would allow them to exploit with impunity because of their ethnicity.”

      Well, five of them were wrong about that.

  • I support affordable charges to see the GP to reduce demand which is already unsustainable and rising out of control. But UKIP (I am a paid up member) doesn’t. The Reverend Doctor Andrew Billings is therefore an unprincipled liar.

    This is inconsistent with the profession of Christ whether or not socialism is.

    I would prefer to vote for an honest unbeliever that a dishonest one.

  • P-S I have no opinion as to how Billings got Williams’ address, but am convinced that UKIP is infiltrated with Tory sleeper moles waiting for the call to false flag operations and sabotage. Call me paranoid, but wait and see.

  • len

    It would seem in these times that having’ a professional person’ is no guarantee of getting anyone of integrity.
    What is needed is someone on a short(very short ) contract who can be fired if they are incompetent or is ‘less than objective of the performance of the police in their area’.

    Cynical?….you bet.

  • Belsay Bugle

    Socialism has permeated the C of E to its very core and to most of its adherents Anglicanism is now synonymous with socialism.

    Billings is just another unprincipled lefty living on the pig’s back and gobbling his sustenance from the pig’s trough, the same trough that is kept filled by the taxes of that diminishing band of people who actually take responsibility for themselves and work for their own living.

    His self-righteousness is disgraceful. And he must be either stupid or dishonest because he cannot be both a Christian and a socialist. So either way he is unfitted to serve as a P & C Commissioner and should never be allowed anywhere near yet another sinecure, with a huge salary and pension, paid for by the type of ‘right wing’ people he despises.

  • Crystyn Thomas

    Jane Collins MEP for UKIP is already doing all she can to help the victims, despite receiving death threats. Labour are still burying their heads in the sand, hoping the matter will go away. The last thing Rotherham wants is another Labour PCC. Time for a clean and honest change. VOTE UKIP.