Alex Massie

A Good Day: Geert Wilders May Now Visit Britain

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Against all the odds, this is turning into a rare fine day. First the Guardian wins the Battle of Trafigura; now the courts have over-turned the order prohibiting Geert Wilders from entering the United Kingdom. Another small, if doubtless temporary, victory for liberty.

Long-time readers will know that I'm not one of Mr Wilders' fans (see here, here and here) but the decision to exclude him from the UK was a nonsense and an affront to decency that discredited this country while doing nothing to discredit the Dutchman's ideas. He's a nasty piece of work, but that's not a good enough reason for banning him.

Not that his actual physical presence in Britain means very much anyway, what with the interwebs and the Twittering and the Facebookery and Youtubing and all that. Still, as I say, this is another small, but useful, victory. 

[Hat-tip: Liberal Vision]

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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