Lou Proud dismissal from leading auctioneers after the disclosure of abuse, art theft allegation in Qatar . an in depth investigation by the Tribune of India
As part of our series on racism and sexism in the workplace we report on another story which first appeared in The Jammu and Kashmir Times and Reuters. It has relevance to our asian readers as it highlights the lack of progress in race relations in the United Kingdom despite employment laws created to protect ethnic minority citizens from the racist abuse and intimidation that this story exposes. Reporting by Tribune staff reporter . A white working class English woman named Lou Proud, otherwise referred to as Louise Proud, of Lou Proud photographs, a company recently dissolved in the wake of allegations of racial abuse of an Asian art dealer which created much controversy in the incestuous London art world, has been the subject of intense reporting in Indian and British newspapers during the past 6 months. To some Ms Proud personifies the vile racist attitudes and behaviour that was commonplace 50 years ago throughout the UK. To her supporters who include her former attorney Charlotte Harris of Mishcon de Reya solicitors and Gabrielle du Plooy of Zebra gallery she is the voice of the maligned and marginalised white under class , the shell suited ‘chavs’ on council estates who derogate all ‘coloureds’ as ‘ Pakis’ and ‘ wogs’ who they claim are stealing jobs and housing from the indigenous whites. Updated news: Proud was arrested two weeks ago and questioned under caution in Qatar for art theft and avoidance of payment of £200,000 in legal costs to Kingsley Napley solicitors. We understand that no charges have as yet been preferred but Proud is still under investigation. She is currently employed by the Qatar Museum Authority. In London she is the subject of a restraining order taken out by the photographer Alison Jackson.