I write in response to Mr Ankersmit’s letter of February 16th 2009.
I also agree that it is wrong to refuse the Dutch MP Geert Wilder entry into the UK. The only way to combat people who hold extremist views is not to ban them, but actually allow open debate. If you stifle debate and hide issues away then we see a rise in votes for extremist parties such as the BNP – where you do not allow for discussion, people will use their vote as a protest.
But this incident with the Dutch MP is not the only attack on our civil liberties by this government. Labour are trying to introduce ID cards which I feel always has the potential to be abused. Attempts to push through 42 days detention with out trial, and also the growth in the database state have been phenomenal.
As Barak Obama said: “We reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals”.