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12 March 2010

BNP — two contradictory rulings?

Teachers aren't banned from joining, but non-whites still seem to be . . .

By Mehdi Hasan

Ministers have ruled out banning members of the British National Party from the teaching profession, after an independent inquiry into racism in schools decided such a move would be disproportionate.

* The Guardian, 12 March 2010

The British National Party’s membership rules were declared illegal today, despite a party decision last month to remove whites-only provisions from its constitution. Judge Paul Collins ruled that the party was “likely to commit unlawful acts of discrimination within the Race Relations Act”. The decision follows weeks of wrangling over the legality of the far-right party’s membership criteria as defined in its constitution.

* The Guardian, 12 March 2010

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