The banning of Geert Wilder shows me two things.
Firstly, the government has little real regard for freedom of speech. I have been criticised in the past for my views on freedom of speech and I have little doubt I will be criticised again now. But if we allow this freedom to be eroded our children will pay the price, we are sleepwalking towards totalitarianism.
Secondly it shows me just how stuck in the past the government is. If the ban on Geert Wilder was designed to stop people in the UK from watching his film it failed dramatically. Any Labour minister reading thins blog, I have some news for you. There is this thing called the internet, it's got loads of things on it, including videos, some from overseas, some from Holland.
It took me about 10 seconds to find "Fitna", so much for protecting me from nasty ideas!
If you're thinking of watching this "shocking" film I wouldn't bother. Almost all the images are old news clippings that we've seen before and the argument has all the sophistication of bull elephant. It would be just as easy to take selected quotes from the bible and overlay them on images of Christians killing people.
The lesson learned is that ancient books have some very bloody advice in them and some people murder others in the name of religion. I think I knew that already.
Hammond's ECHR Warning
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