Saturday, February 14, 2009

All swell that tell swell.

And you thought free speech was dead in Britain.

The Guardian, February 13:
When I found out that Geert Wilders was planning to come to Britain and that Baroness Cox and Lord Pearson wanted to show his film, I wrote to the Home Office, the leader of the House of Lords and Black Rod to say that his presence would lead to the incitement of religious and racial hatred, which constitutes a public order offence.

Lord Nazir Ahmed,
Here's the good news for all you who had little faith:

From The Guardian, April 24, 2004:
Mr Le Pen is to be the BNP's guest of honour at a fundraising dinner in the West Midlands, where he will address a gathering of Britain's far right for the first time in more than a decade.

The details of his visit have been closely guarded in an attempt to prevent anti-racism protesters disrupting the event. But the Guardian has learned that the £50-a-head dinner is scheduled to take place tomorrow evening in Oswestry.

Earlier this week George Galloway, MP for Glasgow Kelvin, called on the government to stop Mr Le Pen entering Britain. But the home secretary said yesterday that Mr Le Pen was a French national and was therefore entitled to travel. "He is a European citizen, he has the right to travel around Europe."

It's all right as rain. See? A vicious racist can get into Britain to talk to vicious racists. What's the problem?

Nazir Ahmed, Baron Ahmed (born 1958)is a Labour member of the House of Lords, having become the United Kingdom's first Muslim life peer in 1998. Many of his political activities relate to the Islamic community both in the UK and abroad, and he has often attracted controversy. In December 2007, he was involved in a fatal road crash, and in December 2008 pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving, which carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison. On the 11th of February Melanie Phillips (columnist) claimed that Lord Ahmed had threatened to "bring a force of 10,000 Muslims to lay siege to the Lords if Wilders was allowed to speak"[1] . This claim was later denied by Lord Ahmed. [2]


On 19 June 2007 Lord Ahmed criticised the honouring of Salman Rushdie with a knighthood because of what Lord Ahmed saw as Rushdie's offensiveness to Islam.[12] He was reported to have said, "It's hypocrisy by Tony Blair who two weeks ago was talking about building bridges to mainstream Muslims, and then he's honouring a man who has insulted the British public and been divisive in community relations."[13] "This man not only provoked violence around the world because of his writings, but there were many people who were killed around the world. Forgiving and forgetting is one thing, but honouring the man who has blood on his hands, sort of, because of what he did, I think is going a bit too far." He also said on BBC Radio 4's PM programme that he had been appalled by the award to a man he accused of having 'blood on his hands'.[14][12]


On 25 December 2007, Lord Ahmed was injured in a crash on the M1 motorway near Rotherham in which Martin Gombar, 28, was killed. ...

On 1 December 2008, Lord Ahmed appeared at Sheffield Magistrates' Court in connection with a charge of dangerous driving. Lord Ahmed admitted sending and receiving five text messages on his phone while driving shortly before the crash, and pleaded guilty to the charge before him. He was banned from driving until his sentencing. On 22 December, Sheffield Magistrates' Court referred the case for sentencing at the crown court on 19 January due to its "aggravating features".[21] This was later put back until 25 February.[22] Lord Ahmed faces a maximum of two years in jail.[23]
Melanie Phillips doesn't think highly of him. Go figure. She can still write books though. But Londonistan, that she can't find a publisher for in Britain.

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