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Wilders to head for London despite ban

Wednesday 11 February 2009

MP Geert Wilders said on Wednesday he would press ahead with plans to visit Britain on Thursday despite an official entry ban by the British government.

'I will get on a plane tomorrow and see what happens,' Wilders told the BBC. 'I will not accept that an elected politician can be refused entry.'

The British peer who invited Wilders to London to show his 15-minute film Fitna says he is shocked by the British government's 'weak' decision to ban the Dutch MP. Malcom Pearson told the BBC that while he does not agree with Wilders' call for the Koran to be banned, he would 'defend his right to say what he has said'.

The aim of the film showing at the British upper house of parliament was to encourage discussion and would go ahead without Wilders, Pearson said.

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Readers' Comments

All religion should be banned. The Jewish Talmud is as hate inciting as the Koran, the Bible full of destruction and murder, get rid of all and become humanistic moral ethical and compassionate.

By Alexander Baldal | 11 February 2009 4:58 PM

Dear Madam,
This, the most recent stunt of our country's current state of theatrics in politics by this member of the Lower House, is, at best, scraping the barrel.

Mr "Wild"ers must also surely be aware of the laws and regulations governing this matter, and the fact that those regulations apply to all alien citizens: foreign-national parliamentarians being treated in matters of the Aliens Act equally to "gewoone" citizens.
Mr "Wild"ers seems therefore to suppose himself an uber-citizen of sorts!

The authorities of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland are perfectly within their rights to assert that a member of parliament of any of its neighbouring countries (the Republic of Ireland just as much as the Kingdom of the Netherlands) may 'not' enter its sovereign jurisdiction.

Mr Wilders (or his advisers) must surely be aware of the terms of reference of appeal and the relevant period under which an expulsion order signed by Her Majesties government will become valid under law (that's the European one Geertje, 'boyo').

"Restrictions on the right of entry and the right of residence on grounds of public policy, public security or public health" From the European Unions legislation website:
www europa eu /scadplus/leg/en/lvb/l33152 htm
"Union citizens or members of their family may be expelled from the host Member State on grounds of public policy, public security or public health. Under no circumstances may an expulsion decision be taken on economic grounds. Measures affecting freedom of movement and residence must comply with the proportionality principle and be based exclusively on the personal conduct of the individual concerned; previous criminal convictions do not automatically justify such measures.

Such conduct must represent a sufficiently serious and present threat which affects the fundamental interests of the state. The mere fact that the entry documents used by the individual concerned have expired does not constitute grounds for expulsion.

In any event, before taking an expulsion decision, the Member State must assess a number of factors such as the period for which the individual concerned has been resident, his or her age, degree of integration and family situation in the host Member State and links with the country of origin. Only in exceptional circumstances, for overriding considerations of public security, can expulsion orders be served on a Union citizen if he has resided in the host country for ten years or if he is a minor.

The person concerned by a decision refusing leave to enter or reside in a Member State must be notified of that decision. The grounds for the decision must be given and the person concerned must be informed of the appeal procedures available to them. Except in emergencies, the subject of such decisions must be allowed at least one month in which to leave the Member State."

By Noel McCullagh-Winters | 11 February 2009 7:13 PM

Let us see if the British government
will really refuse entry to a Dutch member of the Dutch Parliament.

By nonoi hacbang | 11 February 2009 9:13 PM

Alexander Badal said it best. More humans have been killed in the name of God than any other social event.

By AW | 12 February 2009 9:03 AM

It is clear that Alexander Baldal has never read the Bible. Jesus Christ could not have more clearly stated that we must love our fellow man in the same way that we love ourselves. He went further to state that we must even love our enemies. Any claim that wars are started and propogated in the name of the Christian religion either indicate that the claimant is mistaken about the cause, or that the war mongerer is not following Jesus' teaching.

By simplastic | 12 February 2009 1:03 PM

God a social event?

How about the Crusades, Simplastic?

By Garry | 12 February 2009 4:50 PM

Garry, not sure what you mean by "God a social event".

However, regarding the Crusades, these serve my point exactly and were in my mind as I wrote the above comment. The Crusades were started by and funded by people who 'professed' to be Christians but blatantly did not even attempt to follow its primary teaching. Indeed, the then Pope promised forgiveness for past sins (an indulgance) for people who signed up to fight - something that any Christian would know as being impossible for a man to offer, as only God is able to offer forgiveness for sins. I regard the time of the Crusades as one of the blackest periods of Christian history. Jesus: "People will recognise that you are my disciples if you have love for one another." How could anyone recognise the Crusaders then as Christians?

By Simplastic | 12 February 2009 10:04 PM

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