This rather rankles.
Adam Walker could be banned from the profession for alleged racial and religious intolerance if the charges are proved.
He is believed to be the first teacher to be hauled before England\’s General Teaching Council to face the charge.
The 39-year-old from County Durham, who is the president of Solidarity, the trade union, claimed BNP members were being "victimised" because of their political views.
Although he admits using the school computers, Mr Walker denies the GTC charges and told the Times Educational Supplement that the case was driven by "politically motivated spite".
He\’s a BNP member and a teacher. It certainly seems like they\’re trying to ban him from being a teacher because he\’s a BNP member.
This rather rankles, as I say, because I have little interest in defending a BNP member, but quite clearly this man must indeed be defended. The question of whether someone may or may not be a teacher should be judged by whether or not they are a good teach. Their (legal) political views, their (legal) party membership should have nothing whatsoever to do with it.
Further, once someone can be judged for a post upon their politial views, where will it end?
But Christina McAnea, of the Unison union, questioned whether BNP members should be allowed to teach.
"Schools should be centres of learning and tolerance, not a breeding ground for the poisonous views of the BNP," she said.
Once we\’ve a political test for teachers (or any other job) then who defines which views are acceptable? Do we clear out all those members of various Trotskyist groupuscules? Not unknown in teaching circles, after all, and they do seem to be working for the abolition of the bourgeoisie, ie most of us.
Tories not to be hired by Labour LEAs?
The line has to be drawn somewhere and if we\’re to remain a free society it\’s got to be that membership of a legal group, whatever their views, cannot be a bar to employment.