Last week was truly a week that shook the world. Kind of. For if you read the newspapers (the sensible ones included) or watched the TV news (including the usually super serious Newsnight), the big story was former BBC political correspondent John Sergeant deciding to walk from the hit TV show Strictly Come Dancing. Setting aside the argument that he had in fact walked, rather than waltzed, his way through the show anyway, Sergeant's actions speak volumes for his ability to understand the zeitgeist and actually be ahead of the curve (unlike in the show, where he was consistently two steps behind the curves of Russian dance partner Kristina Rihanoff).
The fat-n-friendly Thatcher victim, and former speaker at the Personnel Today HR Directors Club, Sergeant made the ultimate sacrifice and threw himself on his sword (metaphorically, of course) by taking the high ground and taking himself off of the TV reality/unreality dance show.
Sergeant was able to understand that leaving was the noble course of action - and the only course of action for a right-thinking individual.
By the right
The other 'earth shattering' bit of news to slap the nation in the face as it went to work will no doubt also have had an impact on all right-thinking people - although in this case those of the right-of-centre, unthinking variety. For 12,000 or so members of the British National Party (BNP) were outed online when a full list of their names, addresses and other details was posted on the internet for the world to see. Fortunately, neither Sergeant nor Rihanoff are on the list, and none of the Strictly Come Dancing judges make an appearance, despite their hardline stance over the Sergeant quickstep.
Thankfully, no-one from the Personnel Today office makes an appearance on the list of shame. However, there is at least one member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which certainly raises the question of a conflict of interest arising about the advice they give.
Naturally, Personnel Today asked the CIPD what its position was with regard to its members being members of far-right, intolerant political organisations.
Like Sergeant's actions, it spoke volumes. But unlike Sergeant, it sat on the fence: "We do not know, nor are we willing to discuss, the political affiliations or personal opinions of individual CIPD members," it said.