Totalitarian Britain: Schools given more powers to fire British National Party membersLibLabCon Britain has taken another step closer to totalitarianism with the announcement that schools will be given more powers to fire teachers for simply being members of the British National Party.
The new rules are the result of plans introduced by education secretary Michael Gove, who last year stated that British National Party membership is not ‘compatible with being a teacher’.
Although instigated by the Department of Education supposedly to prevent teachers from undermining what it terms ‘fundamental British values’, the rules are more reminiscent of those introduced in 1930s Nazi Germany, when laws were passed to sack Jews and anyone disloyal to Nazism from teaching.
In its press notice, the Department defines such ‘British values’ as ‘democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs’.
Unsurprisingly, however, it seems that this ‘tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs’ does not extend to members of the government’s only political opposition.
The powers will be given to headteachers from September 2012.
In November 2010, Tory MP Michael Gove stated: ‘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.
‘I would extend that to membership of other groups which have an extremist tenor. I cannot see how membership of the British National party can co-exist with shaping young minds.’
As previously shown on this website, the Department of Education actually cannot provide anyone with a definition of what it means by the term ‘extremism’.
Members of the British National Party are already barred from working as police or prison officers.
The British National Party believes that no man or woman should be fired from any job on account of their political beliefs, as long as they do not bring those beliefs into the workplace. It is therefore we that uphold ‘democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs’ and no one else.