As covered in the Wall Street Journal, a British court has reversed the decision of the Home Office to ban controversial Dutch libertarian politician and filmmaker Geert Wilders from entry to Great Britain.
Wilders was on the notorious list of “undesirables” issued by former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, which also included US radio host Michael Savage and more than dozen radical muslim leaders. The controversy surrounding that list was partly responsible for Smith’s early resignation and it has recently been revealed that Wilders and Savage were added to the list as tokens solely to balance out the large number of muslim extremists who were included.
The ban against Wilders received international publicity in February when he was invited by Parliament to give a special screening of his anti-Islamic documentary Fitna and was turned back and refused entry to the country at Heathrow airport.
Wilders hired Arfan Khan, a British muslim lawyer, and spent about $16,000 on legal fees and ultimately won an appeal against the Home Office ruling from the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal, which ruled that the Home Office was wrong in declaring Wilders to be a “genuine, present and sufficiently serious threat affecting one of the fundamental interests of society.” Wilders plans to travel to Britain in the next few weeks to show his film.
American talker Michael Savage may benefit from this decision in his outstanding libel suit against former Home Secretary Smith over his inclusion on the same entry ban list which Wilders was on.
This reversal coming on the heels of multiple resignations and scandals in the government of Prime Minister Gordon Brown, continues the political trend to the right which is expected to return the Tories to power this fall.