A list has been published of people who have been barred from entry into the UK in the six months leading up to March this year. Apparently, the UK has been able to ban those who engage in terrorism, serious criminal activity or 'promote hatred'.
Now, the first two categories I can understand. We don't want terrorists or criminals, we have enough of our own born and bred here. It's the last category I am uneasy with. What is 'promoting hatred'?
When I heard the phrase, the site of some mad mullah with a hook for a hand preaching death to all came into my mind. If that is what is meant by 'promoting hatred' then maybe I could understand why they would not be welcome. But no.
It appears to be a 'catch all' phrase used to keep out those who have had the audacity to exercise their right to free speech in their own homeland. They have not broken any law, so why should they be barred from Britain? Even the Muslim Council for Britain asks the very same question.
Looking at the list there are, of course, some very unpleasant people. Some of their views may be offensive and controversial but this should not bar them from entering our country. It seems to me that our glorious leaders are so desperate to control the minds of us poor citizens that desperate measures are being used in order that we are not guilty of any thought crimes.
If any of the 'thought crime' list wish to visit our green and pleasant land, they first have to prove that they will not "stir up tension" upon arrival. A clause called "presumption in favour of exclusion" is the catch all phrase. As I mentioned earlier, these people have not been convicted of any crime in their home country so why should their outspoken views prevent them from entry to the UK?
Full story here.
UPDATE - The Daily Mash has an article here