1 January, 2007

Ballerina Won’t Back Down

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Unlike most men…

The BNP Ballerina

By ELIZABETH SANDERSON Last updated at 20:46pm on 30th December 2006

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Standing firm: Simone last week unrepentant about her support for the BNP

Giselle is perhaps the most romantic of the classical ballets and always among the most popular. It is a tale shot through with passion and fear as the heroine, a naive peasant girl, is first seduced and then betrayed by a fairytale prince.

So when gifted lead dancer Simone Clarke takes the title role in the English National Ballet production at the London Coliseum next week, all eyes will naturally be on her.

But she will not be under the spotlight for her bewitching elegance and poise alone. No, the audience have a startling extra reason to focus their attention on Simone – because just days ago she was named as the BNP Ballerina.

The dancer’s membership of the British National Party was exposed by a Guardian reporter who had gone undercover to join this unpleasant organisation and it came as a nasty surprise all round.

The BNP is certainly repellent, with its knee-jerk hatred of foreigners and history of organised thuggery, and there is something in the juxtaposition of dance pumps and bovver boots that many will find impossible to comprehend, particularly in the liberal world of the arts.

But Simone’s explanation for why she decided to join the party last year – given here for the first time – cannot be simply brushed aside as a foolish error, let alone ignored.

The reason is summed up in one word: Immigration. It has, she told the undercover journalist who exposed her, “really got out of hand’ – and today she maintains the BNP” are the only ones to take a stand’ on the issue that she believes troubles the majority of voters, even though such views have led to her being branded a racist and a fascist. “Using the word immigration is now a greater crime than cold-blooded murder,” she claims.

But her story has wider implications. When one of the country’s principal ballerinas, a 36-year-old woman who spent much of her recent working life as the Sugar Plum Fairy, decides to join the British neo-fascists, there is an argument that something has gone badly wrong with democratic British politics.

On the eve of two more accessions to the EU – Romania and Bulgaria – she serves as an alarming, if graceful, reminder of the danger the far Right now poses in a country increasingly disillusioned with the political centre ground.

Naturally, the disclosure has been hugely controversial but Simone has, since the news broke, refused to make any public comment on her views, retreating instead to the West London home she shares with her partner and co-dancer Yat-Sen Chang – who, extraordinarily, is a Cuban immigrant whose father is Chinese.

But in her only interview about her political beliefs, she refuses to back down or apologise for her views, despite the torrent of criticism they have attracted.

Simone insists there is no contradiction in her choice of a foreign partner or in her decision to work with one of the most ethnically diverse ballet troupes in the world. And she says that, for her, the issue is disarmingly simple: mainstream politicians are failing to tackle the issues that worry people most, while the BNP is promising firm action.

By her account at least, she was by no means brainwashed – in fact it was her foreign-born partner who spurred her to sign up.

“I joined about 18 months ago,” she says. “Yat and I were watching the television. As usual I was moaning about something that I had seen on the news and he just said, “Well, stop moaning and do something about it.”

“I didn’t really know anything about the BNP but they had come up in conversation a few times because they had just won some local council seats.

“We went on to the computer and we looked them up and I read their manifesto. I’m not too proud to say that a lot of it went over my head but some of the things they mentioned were the things I think about all the time, mainly mass immigration, crime and increased taxes. Those three issues were enough to make me join so I paid my £25 there and then.

“I think the BNP are honest. They’re not trying to dress up what they want, which is change on these issues.”

Simone is certainly honest. More to the point, she is increasingly typical of the albeit tiny band of seemingly respectable, middle-class voters that the reshaped, carefully ‘branded’ BNP is anxious to woo.

The tatooed skinheads who once dominated the party are nowhere to be seen, in public at least. Instead it is led by a savvy Cambridge graduate in a suit.

That leader, Nick Griffin, advocates the repatriation of Muslims, denies the Holocaust and believes that black footballers who represent the national team cannot be classed as English.

Yet crime and immigration are real and understandable fears, and they provide a fertile recruiting ground for the BNP that extends well beyond the traditional ranks of the deprived and disaffected.

By focusing, instead, on the politics of Middle England, Griffin has managed to win 55 council seats in England. According to a recent ICM poll the BNP could attract seven per cent of the UK’s total vote in a General Election.

The veneer of respectability might be paper-thin but it is enough to attract people like Simone.

She was born in Leeds, where her father Alfred was a maths teacher and her mother Janet a secretary.

The family grew up in a small semi-detached house on the outskirts of the city, where Simone attended the local Catholic school before moving, at the age of ten, to the Royal Ballet School. She won one of just 23 places at its academy, White Lodge in Richmond, West London, from a total of 4,500 entrants.

With her coal-black eyes and raven hair, Simone is a world away from the BNP supporter of old with his shaven head and tattooed knuckles. She is proud of her Yorkshire roots and visits Leeds often to see her four-year-old daughter, Olivia, who lives there with her grandparents while Simone and Yat are away on tour.

Leeds is a traditional recruiting ground for the BNP, yet Simone’s views were formed from her years in London. Her father has never been a BNP supporter yet he, too, has now become so disillusioned with the alternatives that he is considering joining the party as well.

Simone, who is bright if politically naive, does not view the BNP as a racist organisation, even though it would seem directly opposed to her relationship with Yat – who, as a foreigner, is even banned from joining. In fact, she does not see her views as extreme in any way, arguing that she is no more than a normal person with normal views and a limited appetite for political argument.

“I’d never been a member of any party before, although I’d voted Conservative a couple of times,’ she explains. “I’m not a particularly political person but I read the manifesto and I took it on face value. Sometimes it feels as though the BNP are the only ones willing to take a stand.

“I have been labelled a racist and a fascist because I have a view on immigration – and I mean mass immigration – but isn’t that something that a lot of people worry about?

“As with all parties, you can’t agree on all things. You have to take the good bits and ignore the bad bits and that goes for any party. When I think about it I wonder, “Well, who’s going to look after people like me?” People who work hard, who like to celebrate Christmas; people who are law-abiding citizens who pay their taxes – more and more of them – but feel that no one is speaking for them.”

She gets little encouragement from the news. Although Labour claims that asylum applications have been cut by 68 per cent since 2002, figures from the Migration Watch lobby group suggest that in total, immigrants are arriving in Britain at the rate of one a minute. No one pretends that immigration is in any way under control.

And, despite Britain’s jails being full to bursting, the same is true of crime, which blights the lives of rich and poor alike.

So perhaps it is no wonder that, despite the get-tough rhetoric of both Labour and the Conservative Opposition, even the most impeccably respectable are starting to think about alternatives, even if only a tiny minority choose the BNP.

“I consider myself normal,” says Simone with just a hint of a Yorkshire accent. “I just got sick of seeing what goes on in the world, of how much unfairness there is in the system.

“I suppose I first started becoming aware about ten years ago. I remember seeing a story about someone who had been driving a car illegally. I don’t know where he was from but he had no licence and he ran over and killed a little girl. He was fined £65. If I don’t pay my TV licence I can get fined £1,000, yet he can take a girl’s life and get fined £65.

“I don’t know why it’s OK to be shot for your mobile phone and the thief be given a few months in prison but I’m not allowed to say, ‘I don’t agree with that’.”

Simone met Yat seven years ago when she left the Royal Ballet to join the rival English National Ballet. If the contradictions in the relationship seem obvious to most, to her they are invisible.

“We are a happy family. I think it’s really silly when people make a big thing about me being with Yat as well as being a member of the BNP,’ she says, arguing that she has no problem with foreigners who come here and work hard – such as her colleagues in the ENB, where only one other principal dancer is British.

“It’s not about removing foreigners. It’s about border controls. Because of terrorism we do have to know who’s coming and going. For the people with jobs it is possible to do that. We know where they are because they pay their taxes and are fully paid-up members of society.

“The other problem I have is that Britain isn’t really very big. And it’s an island. I really cannot see the logic of allowing so many people in.”

But for all her defiance, she remains a reluctant mouthpiece. “My life has changed,’ she admits. “Everything will be different now. I will be known as the BNP Ballerina. I think that will stick with me for life. I’d rather it wasn’t like that but I don’t regret anything. I will stay a member.

“I am angry because I don’t think it should be public knowledge who someone votes for. People are easily offended by political views, whatever the persuasion, and for that reason I think it should stay private.

“As far as I’m concerned my conscience is clear. As for the journalist who spent months snooping around, he’d find more dirt under his fingernails than he’d ever find on me.

“I’ve never been clearer in my head that I’m moving in the right direction and at the right time. I’ve had nearly 300 emails supporting me from all over the UK and from as far away as Australia, America and New Zealand. Out of those just three were horrible, calling me racist.”

She also says she has had little reaction from her ballet colleagues. “In the end nobody really said anything at work,’ she says. “I think it’s because there are a lot of foreign dancers who have probably never even heard of the BNP.”

But if Simone is angry to be dragged on to this sort of public stage, and if the main political parties are alarmed at the growing reach of the far Right, the reaction to the exposure in the Welshpool headquarters of the BNP is likely to be rather different.

Here, quiet satisfaction is more probable – quiet, because that is how the ‘troops’ have been instructed to behave in Nick Griffin’s alarmingly disciplined march on Middle Britain.

The BNP must be delighted to see its manifesto of hatred endorsed by the sort of upright individual who would once have turned away on principle, especially when the individual in question is young, female and on pointe.

So when the curtain comes down at the Coliseum next week and the departing members of the audience hurry out into the cold night air, they should perhaps remember this: that if the marvellous Giselle they applauded to the roof is in any way typical of the thousands in the auditorium, and that if the fear of crime and immigration continues to follow its predicted course, it will be a rather bright 2007 for Nick Griffin and his cohorts.

And for the rest of us, that is a very grim prospect indeed.

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17 people have commented on this story so far. Tell us what you think below.

Hurrah for Simone.

– Michael,Nottingham, Nottingham

Just to say well done to Simone for standing up for what she believes. Like she said you dont have to agree with a parties every policy to vote for or join them,as long as the main policies are right. I would imagine a lot of theese people that criticise Simone or the likes of her have no idea about some of the things she sees or feels.

– Andy B, Halifax,England

Why should anyone need ‘exposing’ for being a member of a legally registered political party.

– Mickey V, Manchester UK

Why should this prospect be grim? I for one, feel the same way as this ballet dancer and would also far rather vote BNP than for the other parties.

– Sharon, Oldham

I’m sure I cant be alone in thinking that this young womans privacy has been violated for no good reason. What business is it of anyones what political party she or anyone is a member of. The BNP are legal arent they?

– Michael, Liverpool

At the end of the day ,it is her choice and her right to vote for the party she thinks is best. I for one will not vote for the BNP,nor will I ever again vote for labour, and as for the tories, forget it! that is my choice.

– Petra Court, Cardiff/ Wales

The BNP appears to exist because there is a need for it. The Labour government has been exposed, even by the Daily Mail, for being the cause of much of the strife in modern Britain as far as illegal immigration is concerned through inept government and the BNP is one party that openly and without fear of losing votes has set out to balance the political spectrum. And as others say, they are legal and have been proven to be legal in Court.

– B J Deller, Marbella, Spain

The grim prospect is being governed by the likes of Blair, Brown and Cameron.

– Alan Scott, Bangkok Thailand

One brave lady.

I just wish there were others in the public eye who had the courage to ‘come out’ and express views which the vast majority of the British public want dicussed and acted upon.

And its not just immigration. The BNP’s newspaper has a front page on stopping the offshoring of jobs. That’s an important issue here in Cumbria, yet none of the other political parties are talking about it.

– Martin, Carlisle

I support the BNP and I am proud of it. I am proud to be a member of the only patriotic party in this god forsaken land. I, like many others feel immense pride that this lady has had the courage to stand by her beleifs, just like the courageous Mr Griffin who twice thwarted the politcally motivated and corrupt prosecutions that he faced.

– Stephen Soos, Leicester – Midlands

I must say I do agree with her. Too many immigrants come to this Country, because, we are, as much as the Government trys to deny it, “A Soft Touch”

– Liz Newman, United Kingdom

The BNP gain support because it reflects the concerns felt by many people about events which are being allowed to happen which are and will continue to be detrimental to Britain. The country’s infrastructure just cannot cope with unlimited immigration. Until the three main political parties implement policies which will address the problems, they will continue to lose support.

– Betty Goodwin, Dewsbury, England

I agree with her and her political views should be respected. I think that there is a silent vast majority like myself who have been given a lot of food for thought. Everyone in my local thinks the main three parties are conmen.

– Percy Wright, Leeds, UK

I’m glad to hear that there was little reaction from other cast members against Simone. No one should be discriminated against or harassed on account of their political views.

– Jeannie Trueman, Sheffield, UK

The BNP gain support through the media from the hysteria surrounding immigration. Its so hard to know and find out the facts about what exactly is happening as there seems to be a need for immigrants and their services, yet we are being told of benefit scandals etc. It would be lovely to be told the truth without any agenda involved and then maybe people can make the right decision about who to support.

– Paul Sheppard, Brighton

A little foresight maybe? It seems to me that the only party with the wherewithal to save Britain is the BNP. I’ll vote for them next time round, or anyone else that will truly put our country first.

– Steve Webster, Amsterdam, Netherlands (voluntary exile)

Well done Simone! I would support the BNP given the chance (none standing around here). I’m not a racist but would be labelled as such because I don’t think we should have endless immigration. I actually would welcome people who wanted to settle here, work, pay taxes and generally be seen as “British”. Instead we have an unchecked influx of scroungers, who make no bones about hating us and wanting to turn the country into there idea of heaven! It’s got to stop and stop soon!

– Ken Conway, Astley, Lancashire


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  7. 25 Responses to “Ballerina Won’t Back Down”

    1. Otto Says:

      It would be a really cool story, if only she’s wasn’t fucking a chigger.

    2. Stinger Says:

      What a beauty ! What intelligence ! What courage ! I’m gaining new respect for English ! Eugenics by accident, I suppose, but a example of what the future people should look like !

    3. Stomp the turds Says:

      Elizabeth Sanderson – obviously a jew.

    4. Beast Says:

      Wanting to limit foreign immigration is now eligible for the heavyweight slur “neo-fascist”. God, the stupidity and mindless irrationality of trendy liberalism know no limits.

      You’d think more British might have something to say about unlimited numbers of dusky foreigners swarming to their little island.

      Someone comes out against it who happens to be a high-profile ballerina, and these daft cunts go into hysterics. Worship the invasion or else!

    5. Mati The Estonian Says:

      Looks like this little lady have more balls then most guys over there. I hope This story makes all those guys look for they “family jewels”. So more publicity – sorry Simone but someone must WAKE Britain and start enforcing some long forgotten laws ;-)

    6. James Hawthorne Says:

      She claimed that her boyfriend Yat Sen-Chang, who is also an acclaimed lead dancer, encouraged her to join the BNP. Sen-Chang is of Chinese-Cuban extraction.

      Need I say anymore ?

      It seems the BNP are becoming a cultural party who allow race mixers inside as well as jews, turks etc.

    7. Mark Says:

      This just shows how controlled, insane, and dishonest the media is in Britain.

      For a simple example of their distorted perception, look at the picture of Simone, then contrast that with their description of her: “With her coal-black eyes and raven hair, Simone is a world away from the BNP supporter of old with his shaven head and tattooed knuckles.”

      Does she look like she has raven hair and coal-black eyes? Obviously not.

      Well this just shows you how bad things really are, that race-mixers are even standing up and saying immigration is out of control and so is the government! Even race-mixers have moments of clarity.

    8. Dave Jones Says:

      What an extremely rare combination. A beautiful woman with a beautiful mind expressing a beautiful ideology with beautiful sentiment.

      PS: Someone please let her know i’m available as of right now.

    9. Coup d'Etat Says:

      What is going on? For those still pondering the great influx of foreigners of different cultures and races (3rd world garbage):

      Mass immigration and open borders are a big business with big money for cities, towns, and officials. The majority of immigration lawyers are jews and the ones who are pushing open borders are jews. It comes down to money. Jews are making money off of the demise of Whites on many levels. That is what is going on. They will make money any which way they can while having apathy for a country’s consequences for accepting muds. They are the ones out to destroy every White country in the world with money. And, the officials, very likely many Whites, are doing business with the jews in this manner.

      If you want to have your country purged from this mess, expose the jews for what they are and what they are doing; expose the outcome of their actions and encourage everyone not to do business with any jew; realize that jews are the ones creating this mess while Israel sits fat and happy with billions of dollars that is given out freely by the U.S. government yearly.

      Isn’t any wonder why so many jews have lots of money? Many jews are living in the rich neighborhoods of Los Angeles and many other rich neighborhoods throughout the U.S., including their Rabis. I’m not sure what it is like in England. Rarely will you see jews living in poor or middle class neighborhoods here in the U.S. anymore. Preachers from many denominations in the U.S. don’t nearly have the money like the Rabis. Where do they get the money? They get the money from the U.S. and the military supplies they sell to other countries, military supplies they receive from the U.S. Jews are very good at circulating money amongst themselves. This is how they gain power and control over certain government positions, send their kids to college, and then wreak havoc among many nations – not necessarily in that order. Our job is to stop them from becoming the elite. My hope is that we someday arrest all jews, freeze their assets first, and proportion out the money back to the respective countries that they have taken/stolen, which they have used to their advantage to strike out against all Whites around the world. Their main objective is to become the rulers of the world, which we have to stop.

    10. Tyler Durden Says:

      She could teach a few things to most White American men, what a woman.

    11. mrcrouton Says:

      Good for Simone; however she should do the right thing and dump her live in Chinese boyfriend Yat-Sen Chang, marry and have white children while she has time and eggs left.

      To complain about immigrants and not pitching in and raising white children is somewhat hypocritical. After all , if the English refused to populate England, eventually a stronger race will displace them and live on their lands.
      Women like her need to put aside their careers for a few years and create more British citizens.

    12. reo Says:

      Immigration is an issue that must be linked to the Jewish question . The PC ideology must be punctured when immigration is discussed. The BNP and other modernisers do serious harm to real dissent and deliver immigration as an issue to the system.

      More Blightwingism.

    13. Stinger Says:

      Oh not – shacked with a Chigger – I take back any attempt at respect for Engish – they’re hopeless.

    14. Campbell Says:

      I am dumbfounded by the number of posters who support this Jewish race-mixer. Take a look at her gentlemen. Take a long, hard look and never forget the deception of the Jew…

      If you all are so easily fooled, we are doomed!

    15. America First Says:

      Salute to Simone Clarke! Usually people who perfect their bodies can see more clearly than others at large

      John Boorman, I say knew all this was coming when he went out of his way to put King Arthur on film, as “Excaliber” imade n Ireland 1980-81, he put every thing he owned along with some actor’s putting up their money too, to film this story of Blood and soil along with the ideal of being noble. Boorman understood that most of youth were brainwashed, and this was his shot over the bow of the devil’s.

    16. America First Says:

      James, I jumped the gun, and did not read you post!. Wow! Thanks for the info.

      ames Hawthorne Says:

      2 January, 2007 at 1:36 am

      She claimed that her boyfriend Yat Sen-Chang, who is also an acclaimed lead dancer, encouraged her to join the BNP. Sen-Chang is of Chinese-Cuban extraction.

      Need I say anymore ?

      It seems the BNP are becoming a cultural party who allow race mixers inside as well as jews, turks etc.

    17. Carpenter Says:

      The BNP does not “do serious harm”, it does serious good. Why does it always have to be a party that names the Jew? Think for a moment. The BNP would get absolutely nowhere if it named the Jew – how, exactly, would that be good?

      There is plenty of place for both a party that fights for nationalism, bringing the message of group identity to millions, and websites and organizations that name the Jew, to a few.

    18. Coup d'Etat Says:

      I totally disagree with you, Carpenter. It’s time to name the jew in everything. Do you really think that if we have an onslaught of different NS media that the jews will squash everyone? Sure it may happen to some, but the jew would be exposed even more, while the exposure to thousands/millions of people have been reached. More people will see the dark side of the jews and their intentions to do harm. Besides, the media doesn’t have to be a known NS. It can be media not associated with any NS groups that names the jews. There are many creative ways to handle this.

    19. Mati The Estonian Says:

      to Coup d’Etat; Basically I agree “name the jew” policy. But we allso must be realistic – some 80% whites DO NOT HAVE enough information – so when we “name the jew” they will be alieanated from us. That hard and ugly fact. So at this moment we need those halflings (BNP and even this ballerina) so we can wake more people from they sleep. And then THEY WILL come unto us ;-)

    20. Sándor Petőfi Says:

      I’m not impressed at all. This person, like her party, is nationalist and not racialist. Geographic nationalism could not save Europe any more than raceless patriotism could save Rome. Stop thinking in small and short terms. Our civilisation will eventually die, and with it our race, without a complete and radical plotical and ideological revolution. Anyone who believes otherwise had better expand his study of history beyond the past 500 years.

    21. furandloathinginDFW Says:

      Like Cambell I think shes a jew… her support of the BNP in combo with her love of a mud proves shes there to further discredit the party.

    22. dick Says:

      “UNLIKE MOST MEN?” Does this kike writer refer to that gook this defective white woman lives with? AND other gooks like him?

    23. Mati The Estonian Says:

      to Sàndor: Think globally act locally

    24. Ryan Says:

      Race mixing slut. I have no respect for her. Id rather be with my slightly pudgy Red haired, blue eyed, WHITE Irish descent girlfriend than any super skinny flexible model-esque race traitor. Im even proud to have had a son with a blonde haired, although slightly nutty, girl. And he is a very well developing blonde haired blue eyed boy. Lets just say if more people had kids like mine ( born at almost 11lbs and at 9 months old…is the size of most beyond the age of 1 and very intelligent) the Jews would be in deeeeeeep shit.

    25. londons burning Says:

      unfortunately in the uk the population only see color not jews,if it looks a bit white they think it is,even when speaking to young white so called extremists they either like the jew as they think they are our friends in the war against islam or if they express there hatred of jews they can not explain why-
      as that prick we just got rid of once stated