Freedom of speech is absolutely crucial," says Chris Huhne on the Today Programme. Yet he supports the government decision to ban Diutch MP Geert Wilders from entering the country. How very liberal of him. He believes that Wilders is guilty of incitement to violence and hatred. He has watched the film Wilders has made. I haven't, so he may say he is in a better position to judge than I am. Huhne believes "in freedom up to the potential to harm." Who is to define harm? As John Humphrys pointed out, what about extremist Imams in this country who incite hatred of Jews or homosexuals? If Wilders is to be banned from the country, what about them?
I am very nervous about banning this man from entering this country, especially as he is an elected parliamentarian from a friendly, neighbouring country. It also gives the Fascist left (ie the BNP) to create a martyr like figures.
Having said all that, I would also like an opportunity to critique this film, as I suspect my reaction might be similar to Chris Huhne's.