AT the heart of the UKIP and Rotherham Council adoption row is not the forthcoming election on Thursday but three very young children who have had a terrible start to their lives.
These three, a baby girl and an older boy and girl, all children of a family of economic migrants from an eastern European country and part of the EU, were put into the emergency care of a couple from Rotherham in September.
The couple are experienced foster parents, having cared for dozens of children. They were clearly seen as a safe pair of hands for these three vulnerable children.
But a decision taken by social services has uprooted the children again.
You can only feel for the poor children, completely destabilised by events.
Meanwhile, a battle royal is being waged by the politicians fighting for a by-election about what has happened and was it because of the political leanings of the fostering couple. It is a gift from heaven for UKIP - no matter how hard they want to protest otherwise.
Whatever the rights and wrongs of the case, let us not forget there are real and precious lives involved.
Raising a glass to sensible drinking
GETTING in the Christmas spirit need not involve booze – at least that is what the Alternative Nite Out group is trying to prove. The group hopes to show you can have a good time without a drop of the hard stuff.
Good luck to them - food, conversation and music sounds like a recipe for success. And it’s a lesson some students could learn from, according to a report.
The Students and Alcohol Survey 2012 says Hallam students drink an average of 24.5 units of alcohol a week. The recommended safe limit is 21 units for men and 14 for women.
Let us hope they pay more attention to Hallam’s Think Safe, Drink Safe campaign encouraging responsible behaviour.
Nobody wants to be a killjoy, but having fun doesn’t have to involve alcohol.
Sign up as a donor
IT’S easy to do, but not enough of us are doing it.
We’re talking about giving blood, an important service which fewer people are performing.
Blood is in constant demand, but there has been a steep fall in donors over the last three years, particularly those aged 17 to 24.
We all expect that if we were in hospital, blood would be there for us. So, we should expect to donate. If you don’t, now is the time to sign up.