by Chauncey Tinker – 13 Mar 2018
Brittany Pettibone, Martin Sellner and Lauren Southern were all detained at the border in the last few days and refused entry into the UK. In the letter that Brittany Pettibone received (which was riddled with spelling and grammatical errors), was the statement that her boyfriend was a member of:
Generation Identity which is viewed in the UK as a right wing organization.
So, the UK authorities have given as a reason for refusal of entry to the UK the fact that her boyfriend was the member of a “right wing organization”. This is of course wildly irrational in the light of the fact that the party currently governing the UK is also a “right wing organization” (or supposed to be) – the Conservative party.
The next reason may appear slightly more reasonable on the face of it (this is verbatim from the letter):
Furthermore, your boyfriend have in his possession the Leaflets with scenarios regarding possible violence at his speech.
Notice carefully that this sentence does not state that the Leaflets were inciting violence, but refers instead to “scenarios regarding possible violence at his speech“. This is language no doubt deliberately designed to be suggestive of a problem without actually describing the problem in so many words. Put another way, we must suspect that the authorities feared the leaflets might be annoying to other parties who might see them and then react badly.
I was unable to find more information about what was contained in the leaflets in question, but the deflective wording of the Home Office letter must surely make us doubt the contents did in fact incite violence (please supply in the comments below if you have this info.). In essence I think we can safely translate the message towards those detained as – “we suspect that mobs of individuals might get very angry and possibly react violently as a result of viewing this material and so we cannot let you in because the UK is now ruled by these angry mobs”.
This article from Breitbart describes the leaflets that got Lauren Southern banned, and according to this article those leaflets were just gently satirical, they did not incite violence:
‘Allah Is Queer? LGBT for Islam’: Read the ‘Racist’ Leaflets that Got Lauren Southern Banned from Britain
According to Lauren Southern, the border security police also displayed hostility towards her with regard to her religious beliefs:
Probably she won’t be able to report this as a hate incident however as she is not a British citizen. She was detained under the terrorism act which has to be an abuse of that power, a point Tommy Robinson raised in his interview with Lauren:
EXCLUSIVE: Lauren Southern Breaks Silence on Detention under the Terrorism Act
This post is not about what I think of these 3 individuals and their views, and the Generation Identity movement, let’s save that debate for another day. This post is about the grounds on which the Home Office makes decisions about who to let into the country and who to refuse entry. None of these 3 individuals has ever to my knowledge incited violence, let alone done so in a direct and credible manner. That should be where the line is drawn in my opinion – at direct and credible incitements to violence.
People often make off-the-cuff remarks about how they would like to commit violent acts. For example, Madonna the angry pop star has “thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House“, should we also refuse her entry to the UK? How would that go down with her legions of fans up and down the country? Apparently she has tour dates in the UK this year. No, I don’t think Madonna should be banned even though I detest her and I think she is a malign influence in Western society today. As Noam Chomsky put it:
“If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.”
Of course I am deliberately focusing on another high profile white person here, but we have many far worse examples of the double standards currently in place, and most of the people involved are members of the Islamic faith. Preachers who were genuinely inciting violence, and doing so in a direct and credible manner, have been allowed in by the current government. Furthermore their religious authority should be seen as carrying a great deal of weight among their followers, and therefore those incitements should be also seen as even more serious were they to be uttered by less influential people. Here is just one example of this:
Islamist hate preacher who called for Britain to be DESTROYED to visit UK
It is Theresa May’s fault that Amber Rudd is in charge of the Home Office, and she was the Home Secretary herself from 2010 until she became the Prime Minister. In her time at the Home Office, Theresa May made many attempts to curtail freedom of speech, not just against people who actively incited violence, but against many others. In her vague Orwellian language, she said that we must stamp out extremism in ALL its forms, yet she never even so much as attempted to define the term “extremism” in the first place. We cannot have laws based on vague, poorly defined terms. It is Theresa May’s utter lack of leadership on the question of where the line should be drawn that is most to blame for the current chaos. Given the length of time she was in charge of the Home Office, she should be the most expert authority on the subject, but yet all she has to offer is muddled, Orwellian double-speak.
Should we also call for Theresa May’s resignation today? That’s a moot question for many who voted for Leave, given that Brexit is near and the negotiations are in progress for a deal (although it’s not going to be a deal that many of us want). To call for a leadership election now would also run the risk of triggering a general election, and Corbyn still represents a very significant danger.
Whether Theresa May should also resign or not does not alter the key message of my post – that we must have sensible leadership of the Home Office, and Amber Rudd has utterly failed to provide that. Under May’s and Rudd’s leadership we have had:
I’m sure readers can add many more examples to the list.
I believe we should send a message to the “Conservative” govt. that we find such egregious attacks on the freedom of speech to be totally unacceptable. We find their record on law and order to be not only shambolic, but also a grave threat to the freedoms that our forefathers fought and died to establish over many centuries.
I therefore hereby call for the resignation of Amber Rudd. I suggest a suitable candidate to replace her could be Jacob Rees-Mogg, who recently had first hand experience of the aggressive mobs who are trying to use threatening behaviour to silence conservative voices in the UK today.
It is a very sad indictment of the modern multi-cultural UK that the presence of such people as these 3 is considered a threat to public order. These 3 young people are already high profile media personalities with large followings, but they will only become more well known by these pathetic attempts to silence their views, and their followings will grow even larger. Tommy Robinson has pledged to read out Martin Sellner’s speech at Speakers’ Corner, Hyde Park in his place this coming Sunday at 3pm. If there is going to be a violent reaction to the speech then it is going to happen in any case.
It is time to restore equality before the law, and we need to abolish “hate speech” laws and establish a clear boundary between speech that is allowed and speech that is not (erring on the side of freedom of speech). I proposed such a rational boundary in this blog post some time ago:
Incitement - A New Legal Framework
I propose that this should be the basis both for domestic law and Home Office decisions on who to allow into the country. I also call for the immediate resignation of Amber Rudd for presiding over an utterly shambolic Home Office.
Extremist Banning and Disruption Orders
The Principle of the Thing – Equality Before The Law
From the Guardian:
Home Office urged to refuse Polish far-right speaker entry to UK
From the Daily Telegraph:
Farrakhan plans visit to Britain as ban is lifted
(Farrakhan you will probably remember was the leader of Nation of Islam who was defended by Sadiq Khan).
From the Daily Mail (Follow them: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook)
Home Office worker ‘was lynchpin of plot to let illegal migrants stay’: Employee is accused of falsifying records that could have seen hundreds benefit
What do you think? Please leave a comment below.