Wednesday, 3 November 2010
Anti-freedom fanatic Michael Gove told newspapers yesterday:
"I don't believe that membership of the BNP is compatible with being a teacher. One of the things I plan to do is to allow headteachers and governing bodies the powers and confidence to be able to dismiss teachers engaging in extremist activity."
Gove is a member of the 'Notting Hill Set' – a Tory clique that shares many values with the Left and has much socially in common with them. This latest attack appears to be an ill-judged attempt to win favour with the establishment teaching unions and elements on the Left.
The previous Labour government considered preventing BNP members from teaching, but backed down after an independent inquiry decided it wasn’t appropriate. The enquiry concluded that introducing such a ban would have been a “political act".
In May of this year, Adam Walker, a British National Party member and teacher, was cleared of "racial and religious" intolerance by a disciplinary panel of the General Teaching Council. After a three year battle, fought by the nationalist union Solidarity, the GTC agreed that Adam had not demonstrated "intolerance or racism".
In fact, the chair of the GTC panel, Angela Stones, said: "A negative comment about immigration to the UK of itself need not be indicative of racist views or racial intolerance, since the race of immigrants is extremely varied."
Michael Gove cited the decision made on the Walker case as "quite wrong", even though he never attended the hearing to listen to the evidence which showed that:
* Pupils Adam taught had achieved exam results higher than the school average and beyond all expectations.
* Adam had a profound respect for and understanding of different cultures.
* He had criticised (on a local internet discussion forum) only those immigrants who had abused the hospitality offered to them by committing serious crimes such as rape and murder.
The British National Party is a legitimate political party with widespread public support. BNP members and supporters should enjoy the same rights as all other citizens. A teacher should be judged on what they do in the classroom and not on their own political beliefs. Already there is talk of extending the proposed ban to all others deemed as "extremist". Who will be next?
Make your protest known by sending a polite email to the Minister:
Here are some other things you can do to oppose the ban:
* Contribute to Internet discussions opposing the ban
* Post this bulletin on to five friends
* Text your friends with a message 'I support freedom and oppose a ban on BNP teachers'
* Put the above message as your Facebook status
* Twitter and post links to articles opposing this attack on freedom
* Donate to the British Resistance here
* Write to your local newspaper opposing the ban
* Join the Nationalist Trade Union Solidarity
Nick Griffin MEP
Leader, British National Party
Defend Freedom: Say 'No' to BNP Teacher Ban
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