Some newspaper columnists and bloggers (usually right-wingers) have been saying that we should leave Simone Clarke alone, on the basis that (as despicable as her views are) she has a right to have opinions and not being persecuted for them and that she is in the Arts, which is in itslef apolitical.
This may well hold some water although it does not take the following into account:
1) Would the same people mention this view about Simone Clarke to racial minorities who feel threatened by the BNP? (and before anyone accueses me of bias, I have posed a similar question a while back to a hardened socialist on a non racial left viewpoint that she held)
2) The BNP is a nationalist party with politics similar to the Nazis (at least before the Night of the Long Knives)
3) Many on the left are in fear after speaking up against the BNP, because they have found themselves and their details mentioned on a site called RedWatch.
I am open to the view that Simone Clarke shouldn't be sacked, but equally I believe that it was right to out her and for someone who stated that "I am not too proud to say that a lot of it went over my head" with regard to the BNP manifesto, she will now have to explain her views to many who find them offensive (inc myself) and that she has learnt the hard way how important it is to use ones brain rather than one's instincts when being involved in politics.