Sun Jul 04 2021
NonProfit National Trust claims allegations it wouldn’t hire people based on how they voted in Brexit are “ludicrous”
The NonProfit National Trust has gone on record to state that allegations, recently printed in The Spectator, that it had been asking applicants at interview stage how they voted in the Brexit referendum were “without evidence or foundation”.
The National Trust has asked for a retraction from The Spectator and also complained to the independent press regulator after an article appeared with what the NonProfit have described as “plainly ludicrous allegations”.
The article published by The Spectator, titled “‘Fear and bullying’ at the National Trust” was published by Charles Moore last week and, according to the charity, contained numerous false claims.
The article quoted an anonymous National Trust employee saying potential candidates were asked at their interview stage how they’d voted during Brexit… and were rejected out of hand if they’d voted Leave.
The anonymous source was also quoted as saying that the charity had in the past recruited it’s ‘LGBT allies’ to spy on people.
Our favourite part of this story however is a tweet, later deleted, from the NonProfit’s social media team:
The Spectator is the oldest weekly magazine in the world, first published in 1828 is known for it’s opinion pieces on politics, culture and current affairs.
Editorship of The Spectator is often seen as a stepping stone to high office within the Conservative Party, with past editors including Boris Johnson, Ian Gilmour, Iain Macleod and Nigel Lawson.
Sun Jul 04 2021