Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Council Paints White Mother and Child Black; Newsletter Shows Doctored Image in Fostering Campaign

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Council Paints White Mother and Child Black; Newsletter Shows Doctored Image in Fostering Campaign

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Byline: ROSS LYDALL

A NEW LABOUR flagship council has been accused of "political correctness gone mad" after doctoring an image of a white mother and child to make them black.

Camden council, frequently chosen to pilot government policies, used the modified image as part of a campaign to encourage fostering.

Its gaffe was exposed when it published two identical pictures in its monthly residents' newsletter - one showing the mother and child with white skin and the other black.

The council, which represents an area where one in four residents is from an ethnic minority, has issued a public apology.

But Conservative opposition leader Piers Wauchope said the apology carried little weight as no attempt was being made to withdraw the newspaper, Camden Living.

He said: "If they really were as sorry as they say, they ought to pulp all the issues they can find. But this propaganda sheet, which costs [pounds sterling]100,000 a year, is still being given away in supermarkets and libraries. It's political correctness gone mad.

"For a council as PC as Camden to go down the 'Black and White Minstrel' route is completely laughable. I think most people will say what a joke, and how typical of Camden to be so desperate to get it right."

His Tory colleague Don Williams, who is black, said: "I can't speak for everybody but I'm sure there will be a wide array of opinions. Most people would accept it was an honest mistake." The image of the white mother carrying a white child was published alongside a story urging families to foster or adopt children in the council's care.

But the same image was used in a much larger back-page advert for fostering - except computer technology had been used to alter their skin colour.

In a statement posted on its website, Camden says it " apologises unreservedly" for doctoring the image. …

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