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Finally! And to call him a right winger is laughable: nationalist yes...he represents 80% of the Netherlands right now and would be PM tomorrow if there was an election. Self Preservation (borders,language,culture) is rather popular.
Dutch right-winger Geert Wilders wins challenge against British ban
Geert Wilders, the Dutch far-right politician, has won his appeal against the Government's refusal to let him enter Britain.
Published: 1:24PM BST 13 Oct 2009
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Wilders was due to show his short film Fitna, which criticises the Koran at the House of Lords in February Photo: EPA
Wilders challenged the decision by then home secretary Jacqui Smith which led to him being turned back at Heathrow Airport.
The ruling by the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal means the head of the Freedom Party, who is accused of Islamophobia, could now be allowed into the country.
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He was due to show his short film Fitna, which criticises the Koran as a ''fascist book'', at the House of Lords in February.
But Ms Smith said his presence had the potential to ''threaten community harmony and therefore public safety''.
A Home Office spokesman said the Government was ''disappointed'' by the ruling.
He said: ''We are disappointed by the court's decision today. The Government opposes extremism is all its forms.
''The decision to refuse Wilders admission was taken on the basis that his presence could have inflamed tensions between our communities and have led to inter-faith violence. We still maintain this view.''
U.K.: Ruling overturns Home Office decision barring Geert Wilders from the country
Good news, in an update on this story. "Dutch MP overturns UK entry ban," from BBC News, October 13 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders has won an appeal against a Home Office decision barring his entry to the UK.
"Far-right": Media-speak for "frightens children, barks at other people's dogs, and makes Cratchit work on Christmas."
The Asylum and Immigration Tribunal ruling overturns a government decision that led to Mr Wilder being turned back at Heathrow in February.
The Freedom Party leader - who has been accused of Islamophobia - was due at a House of Lords' screening of his film linking the Koran to terrorism.
Then the Middle East, the Horn of Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Malaysia are chock-full of Islamophobes.
The Home Office said it was disappointed at the new ruling.
Ridiculous mischaracterization and moral equivalence in 3... 2...
A spokesman said: "We are disappointed by the court's decision. The government opposes extremism in all its forms.
"The decision to refuse Wilders admission was taken on the basis that his presence could have inflamed tensions between our communities and have led to inter-faith violence. We still maintain this view."
Mr Wilders faces trial in his own country for inciting hatred.
In February, he had been invited to the House of Lords to show his controversial film Fitna, which caused outrage across the Muslim world when it was posted on the internet last year.
When he was refused entry, Mr Wilders told the BBC it was a "very sad day" for UK democracy.
"I'm not doing anything wrong. I'm not protesting or running through the streets of London," he said.
"Democracy means differences and debate. It's a very sad day when the UK bans an elected parliamentarian."...
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