Ed Balls has just ordered a legal review to see whether members of the BNP can be banned from teaching in schools.
At present, only prison officers and policemen are banned from membership.
Balls has now told former Chief Inspector Maurice Smith to look at the issue in the wake of the leaked list of members that appeared on the internet this year.
His speech just now gave a short mention of the issue- and won loud applause.
But in a letter to Smith, he goes much further. He points out that he and other Education Secretaries had previously concluded a ban was not necessary as current laws were sufficient to stop the propagation of racist material. But the leaked BNP members list - and a referral of two teachers to the General Teaching Council - had made him order a review.
Here's extracts from his letter to Smith:
"The release of information on membership of the BNP revealed 15 individuals who identified teaching as their profession. We cannot know how many more may have chosen not to reveal their occupation.""I have always believed that membership of any organisation that espouses racist views is fundamentally incompatible with the values and ethos of the teaching profession. The arguments, though, are not straightforward, we would need strong grounds to bar individuals from the teaching profession on the basis of membership of organisations or registered political parties that promote racist views."
"However, teachers hold a position of great trust, they are role models for young people and as a consequence their behaviour and conduct has a bearing on their suitability to work in the profession.""While numbers are small, there are no grounds for complacency. That is why I believe that it is right to undertake a full and detailed review of the arguments for and against strengthening the current provisions which protect against the promotion of racism in our schools."
My my Mr Balls. How very "soviet". Enjoy the last 8 months of power, because then you'll have to find a real job.
Hat Tip to Paul Waugh