Suck on this, Jacqui Smith!
HOME Secretary Jacqui Smith – mistress of manipulation when it comes to public finances, but utterly useless as a defender of free speech – has just been further shamed by the Italians.
The award was handed to the Dutch politician during a conference on Islam and Free speech hosted by the Associazione una via per Oriana.
The Freedom Party leader addressed an invited audience and showed his film Fitna. Wilders entered Italy without any trouble on Friday morning.
The writer and journalist Fallaci, who died in 2006, was known, among other things, for her criticism of Islam. She considered Islamism to be a form of fascism. As is the case with Geert Wilders, Fallaci’s Islamic opponents and their leftist enablers actively sought to have her prosecuted for her criticism of Islam.
Smith’s second major blunder of the week was to ban Pastor Fred Phelps and his daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper from entering the country to picket a performance of the Laramie Project.
The excuse given for barring the Westboro Baptist Church clowns was:
The government has made it clear it opposes extremism in all its forms. We will continue to stop those who want to spread extremism, hatred and violent messages in our communities from coming to our country. The exclusions policy is targeted at all those who seek to stir up tension and provoke others to violence regardless of their origins and beliefs.
How the hell are we supposed to make fun of them if they aren’t allowed into the country? The government exposes extremism in all its forms – except for extreme stupidity, apparently.
The WBC often threaten to travel abroad with their protests, but never deliver. All the government have succeeded in doing -Â yet again – is to give idiots a lot of free publicity and feed the persecution complexes which they believe vindicates them.
And Brendan O’Neil, in the on-line magazine, Spiked, observed:
The banning of Wilders from Britain was motivated by the axis of prejudices that always underpins censorship. First by the idea that the public is incapable of dealing with difficult or dodgy ideas, and instead hears only â€˜fire!’ or â€˜panic!’ or â€˜kill, kill, kill!’ when it encounters inflammatory material. Second by the idea that there is some abstract greater good – â€˜social fabric’, â€˜public security’ or â€˜community harmony’ – that must be guarded from the pollution of dangerous ideas. And third by the notion that it is the job of the authorities to decide what is appropriate and inappropriate material for public consumption and to airbrush from Britain any thinking judged too pernicious or poisonous.
New Labour now polices the borders not only to keep out the â€˜wrong’ people but also the â€˜wrong’ ideas. The Wilders affair has set a very dangerous precedent. A Miliband-designed Thought Forcefield has been erected around the country. Britain is a little more unfree following last week’s Wilders exclusion.