Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Why did the Guardian run a recruiting add for the BNP?


What on earth was the Guardian doing accepting an advert (placed by the GLA) for a researcher for the BNP?

I have no doubt that Guardian executives will justify their decision to on the grounds of liberty and free speech but it is disappointing nonetheless. Or am I over-reacting? Was their decision based upon principle or profit? I have always thought that the Guardian was keen on promoting good community relations but perhaps it is more concerned with boosting it's profit margins?
The advert has now been taken down - though it was due to stay on the Guardian site until July 18th.

6 comments:

ThunderDragon said...

Why shouldn't they have an advert for the BNP? No matter what we think of their policies, they have a right to exist and to recruit personnel.

The Guardian isn't at all wrong to carry the advert.

Anonymous said...

Can't say I agree with you here Mike.

The BNP (whether we support their views or not, and I certainly do not) are a political party, and as "thunderdragon" says 'have a right to exist and to recruit personnel'. Unfortunate in this case, perhaps, but still true.

"The Grauniad" newspaper is a business, and so it will undoubtedly be 'concerned with boosting it's profit margins' just as much as the next business, within reason.

To be honest, the decision to backtrack and take the advert down off their website also smacks a little bit of political correctness reiging supreme.

fake consultant said...

maybe the editors thought a guardian reader might improve the quality of bnp research...

Letters From A Tory said...

The more you try to silence the BNP, the stronger they become...

mutleythedog said...

The BNP are rubbish in my view but no doubt the ad just went through the same procedure as all other similar ads...

wonkotsane said...

Perhaps they ran the ad because they were paid to run it. The GLA is obliged to provide staff to the democratically elected BNP knuckledraggers. Just because Liebour are losing vote share to the BNP doesn't mean that a newspaper shouldn't be allowed to carry an ad for them. I don't like the BNP either but enough people do to get them elected and it's not for you or any other politician to disenfranchise the tens of thousands of people who were stupid enough to vote for them.