In her column on spectator.co.uk, Melanie Phillips denounces the decision by the British government to ban Geert Wilders from entering Great Britain. She feels Britain is capitulating to Islamic terror. Phillips calls on British MPs to raise hell about this banning order, and stand up for the principle that the British Parliament must be free to hear what a fellow democratically elected politician has to say about one of the most difficult and urgent issues of our time.
"If anyone had doubted the extent to which Britain has capitulated to Islamic terror, the banning of Geert Wilders a few hours ago should surely open their eyes.
The British government allows people to march through British streets screaming support for Hamas, it allows Hizb ut Tahrir to recruit on campus for the jihad against Britain and the west, it takes no action against a Muslim peer who threatens mass intimidation of Parliament, but it bans from the country a member of parliament of a European democracy who wishes to address the British Parliament on the threat to life and liberty in the west from religious fascism.
If British MPs do not raise hell about this banning order, if they go along with this spinelessness, if they fail to stand up for the principle that the British Parliament of all places must be free to hear what a fellow democratically elected politician has to say about one of the most difficult and urgent issues of our time, if they fail to hold the line against the threat of violence but capitulate to it instead, they will be signalling that Britain is no longer the cradle of freedom and democracy but its graveyard."