This is madness! Complete and utter insanity. According to Elsevier and Geenstijl (both NL) Geert Wilders has been denied access to the United Kingdom, for fear that his presence may threaten civil order and ‘community harmony’. Wilders was scheduled to attend the screening of Fitna in the House of Lords on Thursday. This was after a first attempted, which was thwarted by ‘lord’ Ahmed threatening with a 10,000 strong crowd of islamites in the streets.
The Dutch government does what it does best: nothing. According to Elsevier:
Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen (CDA) ‘regrets’ [the denial of access] and has contacted his British colleague David Miliband. Verhagen called Miliband to express his dissatisfaction with the fact that a Dutch MP is not allowed to travel to another country of the EU.
No reaction yet from the PVV or Wilders himself.
It seems that the British Isles are lost to Islam. Already.
[UPDATE001] EN reporting on the ban is here, including Wilders’ reaction.
‘Great Britain is sacrificing freedom of speech,’ said Wilders. ‘You would expect something like this to happen in countries like Saudi Arabia but not in Great Britain. This cowardly act by the British government is a disgrace.’
(I also cleaned up the initial post some. Writing in a hurry does harm the spelling in a post. Or its coherence).
[UPDATE003] The Baron asks: It’s come to this. And wasn’t it a strange way down?
[UPDATE004] From the Telegraph:
A Home Office spokesman told The Daily Telegraph: “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.
“That was the driving force behind tighter rules on exclusions for unacceptable behaviour that the Home Secretary announced on in October last year.”
It will stop ‘extremism, hatred and violent messages‘? Yes, we remember well the British authorities standing up to that in recent history.
[UPDATE005] The Earl of Cromer weighs in:
What also amuses and infuriates me is the government generally pleads impotence on all EU related matters; suddenly they have the confidence to talk of barring or arresting an elected MP from another EU nation, despite the protests of that nation’s government. If I was a cynic, I’d find that a little suspicious.
He also has some addresses to send complaints to. And GoV has a facsimile of the Home Office letter to Wilders.
[UPDATE006] Wilders is going to London tomorrow after all. He will be assisted by the Dutch ambassador to the UK (NL), who will apparently stake out at Heathrow. In the mean time: Nisnews has a nice round-up of political reactions in the Netherlands. Rather surprisingly, the entire political spectrum is sidig with Wilders. The UK’s Labour government quite managed to chase Labour and Groen Links (which would be their natural allies) up the curtains. The Guardian does it’s level best to trivilialize Wilders. And even the BBC can’t ignore the developing story anymore (Thanks to Sir Henry Morgan for the last two links).
[UPDATE007] He is on his way. Elsevier reports (NL) that Wilders boarded a British Midlands aeroplane that took off around 1350 hours. This morning there was some confusion, with Geenstijl (NL) reporting that British Midlands had cancelled Wilders’ ticket. But around noon it emerged the ticket was still valid. In a press conference prior to boarding, Wilders expressed the hope that after the last days commotion, British authrorities will have come to their senses and let him in. Which is indeed what the Times is asking in an otherwise ill-considered op-ed: Let Him In. (Last update in this post)