Lanarkshire political party accused of ‘right-wing extremist’ views by charity


A controversial political party running in Lanarkshire council elections has been accused of holding ‘right-wing extremist’ views by a charity.

I hope not to hate say the policies of the Scottish Family Party – which include blocking transgender surgery, scrapping the LGBT inclusive education curriculum in schools and opposing any hate speech legislation – are bigoted.

However the party, which has four seats in South Lanarkshire and five in North Lanarkshire, branded the charity ‘far left campaigners’ with a platform.

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The Scottish Family Party was established in 2017 and says it runs a campaign based on traditional family values ​​and the belief that a child should be raised by a mother and father.

They also point out that they are the only anti-abortion party in Scotland.

defense group I hope not to hate told Lanarkshire Live they were concerned about the party’s policies and their use of “conspiratorial” language, comparing them to far-right American groups.

Richard Lucas founded the Scottish Family Party after leaving UKIP

Patrik Hermansson, from the charity, told us: “They are not a fascist party, but they are far right and use a lot of extremist rhetoric and ideas in their policies.

“I would say they’re anti-gay, anti-trans and anti-abortion, and a lot of the language they use – based on what they say is protecting children – is very conspiratorial.

“It mirrors a lot of far-right American Christian parties where it’s about disguising real far-right views under the guise of caring for children.

“They want to stop LGBT issues being discussed in schools and they are strongly opposed to any right for transgender people to change their sex – it is something they are very concerned about.

“It’s worrying that they are a growing party. They haven’t had much success in previous elections, but they normalize each time they run.”

A spokesperson for the Scottish Family Party told us the party believes transgender people can dress in clothes of another sex or change their name, but not identify with anything other than the gender in which they were born.

The party also advocates the scrapping of any hate speech legislation, saying it would support freedom of speech. However, activists fear this will lead to increased abuse of minorities without any resources to stop it.

In its manifesto, the group says it opposes the LGBT inclusive education curriculum, saying it “enforces the indoctrination of school children into a radical ideology of sexuality”.

They also argue that “Medical confidentiality should not be granted to anyone under 16 unless there are credible allegations of parental abuse or neglect,” and that they would seek to roll back harassment laws, because “violating your dignity” should not fall under the law.

They also want emotional abuse not to be considered domestic violence, saying it is “open to fallacious application”.

For example, they argue that laws relating to making a person “dependent on another person” or “feeling humiliated or degraded” could be interpreted to cover behavior far from “abuse” and risk “d introduce the threat of legal sanction into a more superficial relationship. Conflicts”.

A party spokesman added that LGBTQ support groups currently run by South Lanarkshire Council should not be run by the local authority and should be privately organized by individuals, while other groups such as Scottish Women’s Aid would see their funding cut or cut.

More than a third of children in Scottish schools have experienced homophobic discrimination.

Party leader Richard Lucas – who founded the Scottish Family Party after leaving UKIP – has strongly denied claims his party was sectarian.

He told Lanarkshire Live: ” I hope not to hate are far-left activists who label anyone on the center right as extremists or fascists.

“If you look at who they consider to be on the far right, you’ll see they include Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage.

“We are not an anti-LGBT party, we are not anti-gay and we have no opinion on same-sex marriage.

“The two things we’ve pointed out are that there shouldn’t be things like the Pride rainbow flag in primary schools because primary school kids aren’t old enough to understand things of that nature. Second, we believe that children need a mother and a father.

“It’s not being anti-gay, because we are also against IVF treatment being given to single people. The most vital thing is that there is a mother and a father for a child.”

Other party policies include repealing the ban on spanking as part of plans to give parents more freedom to raise their child as they wish, encouraging families to have more children and revamping the Scottish education system.

They would also seek to remove all quotas for university courses that benefit those in poorer postcodes, such as Rutherglen, arguing that university selection should be given to the most able, regardless of background.

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