Britain surrenders 3

 Geert Wilders, the Dutch MP who made the film ‘Fitna’ accurately linking the Koran to Islamic terrorism, has been banned from Britain. Melanie Phillips comments:

So let’s get this straight. The British government allows people to march through British streets screaming support for Hamas, it allows Hizb ut Tahrir to recruit on campus for the jihad against Britain and the west, it takes no action against a Muslim peer who threatens mass intimidation of Parliament, but it bans from the country a member of parliament of a European democracy who wishes to address the British Parliament on the threat to life and liberty in the west from religious fascism.

It is he, not they, who is considered a ‘serious threat to one of the fundamental interests of society’. Why? Because the result of this stand for life and liberty against those who would destroy them might be an attack by violent thugs. The response is not to face down such a threat of violence but to capitulate to it instead.

It was the same reasoning that led the police on those pro-Hamas marches to confiscate the Israeli flag, on the grounds that it would provoke violence, while those screaming support for genocide and incitement against the Jews were allowed to do so. The reasoning was that the Israeli flag might provoke thuggery while the genocidal incitement would not. So those actually promoting aggression were allowed to do so while those who threatened no-one at all were repressed. And now a Dutch politician who doesn’t threaten anyone is banned for telling unpalatable truths about those who do; while those who threaten life and liberty find that the more they do so, the more the British government will do exactly what they want, in the interests of ‘community harmony’.

Wilders is a controversial politician, to be sure. But this is another fateful and defining issue for Britain’s governing class as it continues to sleepwalk into cultural suicide.  If British MPs do not raise hell about this banning order, if they go along with this spinelessness, if they fail to stand up for the principle that the British Parliament of all places must be free to hear what a fellow democratically elected politician has to say about one of the most difficult and urgent issues of our time, if they fail to hold the line against the threat of violence but capitulate to it instead, they will be signalling that Britain is no longer the cradle of freedom and democracy but its graveyard.

Posted under Commentary by Jillian Becker on Thursday, February 12, 2009

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  • Jillian Becker

    Thank you Dr Victor Anderson and roger in florida.

    The Queen took a wrong turning – perhaps the only wrong turning of her life but a fatal one – when she allowed Britain to become part of the EU in which she was demoted to the status of a citizen. She is unlikely to do anything now. She has obeyed her governments all her life. I think she would not be capable of a sudden assertion of her constitutional power.

    Yes, Western society has gone through the looking glass. A very good way of summing up the inversion of its values.

  • roger in florida

    If the British “Constitution”, and the constitutional Monarchy means anything at all, the Queen should step in here and tell Gordon Brown that this is unacceptable. It is unconstitutional, it defies all British tradition and custom and is rightly seen as a surrender to ignorance, intimidation and pure thuggery.

    Is it just me or has our western society gone through the looking glass?

  • Dr Victor Anderson

    And without firing a shot!

    Churchill is turning in his grave.