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A dancer, the BNP, protests and newspaper reporting

The Guardian gave extensive coverage (the whole of page 3) yesterday to demonstrations for and against the dancer Simone Clarke. She had been outed as a member of the British National Party by the paper’s undercover investigation of the far-right party.

Towards the end of the story of the protests surrounding the English National Ballet star, there is this paragraph:

But following yesterday’s demonstration the company, which is publicly funded and is therefore obliged by the Race Relations Act 2000 to promote good race relations, is coming under increasing pressure to explain why one of its highest profile employees is allegedly using her position as a platform for the far-right party.

That is disingenuous. Her membership of the party was not known to the public before the Guardian’s investigation and I have not heard that she had been going around expressing political views.


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  2. chris hook says

    Well the Guadian thing did it for me I joined the BNP.

  3. rhory fraser says

    And talking of ‘disingenuousness’, how about the Guardian journalist’s claim that the BNP’s encrypting of its membership lists was ‘sinister’! In the light of the liberal establishment’s desire to expose (and bully)BNP members, surely the encrypting was entirely understandable?

  4. John says

    I just wish the BNP had more clot, or even t the dancer herself, and took the paper to the courts.

  5. Pickled Politics » Simone Clarke and the BNP (pt 2) says

    […] For a start, as the journalism teacher Andrew Grant-Adamson points out, there is no evidence that Clarke was “using her position as a platform for the far-right party”. […]

  6. Greenslade says

    January 14 11:46 / / Permalink Andrew Grant-Adamson takes The Guardian to task for suggesting, without any supporting evidence, that the dancer Simone Clarke it exposed as a British National Party member was using her position to promote the BNP. “That is disingenuous”, he charges. “Her membership of the party was not