13 February 2009

Hate Week Brought to you by Wilders and UK Gov

The background to this story has been covered elsewhere, for eample, The Times Online has the headline, "Banned Dutch MP Geert Wilders hits out at 'cowards' after being sent back" which is up to date and covers the background to the story.

"... [T]he Dutch MP determined to test the Government’s entry ban after it was decided that he should not be allowed to attend a screening of Fitna at the House of Lords last night.

Mr Wilders, 45, caught a British Midland flight from Amsterdam brandishing his passport. He said that he would have to be physically restrained from entering the country. “I’ll see what happens at the border. Let them put me in handcuffs,” he said.


The aircraft landed at 2pm but before they could disembark, Mr Wilders and his entourage were confronted by two plain-clothes UK Border Agency guards. Towering over them, the Dutch MP and his two minders offered no resistance and were escorted through passport control into a holding room.


The MP had been invited to attend a showing of his 17-minute film at the House of Lords by Lord Pearson. The film features verses from the Koran with images of terrorist attacks in New York, London and Madrid, and calls on Muslims to remove “hate-preaching” verses from the text. Lord Pearson said that the screening would go ahead regardless.

The decision to refuse Mr Wilders entry provoked Maxime Verhagen, the Dutch Foreign Minister, to call David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, to protest against the decision. “The fact that a Dutch parliamentarian is refused entry to another EU country is highly regrettable,” Mr Verhagen said.

The Home Office said: “The Government opposes extremism in all its forms. It will stop those who want to spread extremism, hatred and violent messages in our communities from coming to our country.”

It appears that this spectacle was planned in Jerusalem. The Israel Jerusalem Post explains in, 'Fitna' filmmaker to attend Jerusalem parley, that, "[s]elected European lawmakers, along with Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders, whose controversial 15-minute film Fitna has sparked world-wide Muslim outrage, will gather in Jerusalem in December to "plan practical steps in the struggle against the spread of Islam in Europe," MK Aryeh Eldad (NU/NRP) said Wednesday."

Is this one of those "practical steps"?

If so, who is in on it, wittingly or otherwise?

As has been explained by Head of Legal, 'the Home Office's Decision is unlawful'.

And as pointed out by Cranmer "... it is a curious state of affairs that the EU’s ‘free movement of people’ means that the British Government can do nothing to prevent Dutch thieves, fraudsters, murderers, rapists and paedophiles from entering the UK. But they set such legislation aside when it comes to barring a democratically-elected Dutch politician who talks about the sources of terrorism."

I don't believe that they have 'set [the] legislation aside'; instead, I would speculate that both Wilders and some members of the British Gov are colluding with one another to peddle hate.

My opinion is similar to Michael Portillo's, except he tends to the 'cock-up' rationale.


  1. Everybody gets too look good, Jacqueline faces down the blond beast and he's a martyr, nice bit of tedious wedge politicking.