Sunday, January 14, 2007

Issues Around the BNP Ballerina

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.

4 comments:

the dĂșnadan said...

I agree with those who say that Simone Clarke should be left alone. As matters stand, the BNP is a legitimate political party and we should no more be considering 'outing' its members than we should those who are members of the Conservatives in a Socialist area or vice versa.

If one believes that the BNP is beyond the pale then one should call for it to be banned rather than have a situation where one grants it the right to exist but then treats it as if it was a banned organisation. That point of view is simply hypocritical and at worse smacks of persecution.

Paul Burgin said...

Yes but the difference is Dunadan is that socialists don't feel intimidated by Conservatives. In some cases regard them as arrogant or rude, but the Conservatives and the BNP are two different political parties
As for banning, well that in itself opens up a host of problems

Bishop Hill said...

"Would the same people mention this view about Simone Clarke to racial minorities who feel threatened by the BNP?"

The feelings of minorities, or of the people who defend Simone Clarke, are irrelevant to the issue of whether someone should be persecuted for their political views in a state-owned business.

Your own party is making huge steps to bring about a big brother state, and to take away our civil liberties. I feel threatened by it, really I do.

OK if we start harassing you?

Paul Burgin said...

"The feelings of minorities, or of the people who defend Simone Clarke, are irrelevant to the issue of whether someone should be persecuted for their political views in a state-owned business."

I think it's when you used the word irrelevant that I found your argument distasteful. It's not irrelevant to those who feel persecuted.