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Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said she decided to make public the names of 16 people banned since October so others could better understand what sort of behaviour Britain was not prepared to tolerate.
The list includes hate preachers, anti-gay protesters and a far- right US talk show host.
"I think it's important that people understand the sorts of values and sorts of standards that we have here, the fact that it's a privilege to come and the sort of things that mean you won't be welcome..."
I think every country has a right to ban certain people if they wish especially if they have a valid reason.
I wonder why the UK does not ban a couple of those hate spewing clerics.
Originally posted by The Last Man on Earth
Frankly, I want them in just because its Jacqui "1984" Smith that wants them out.
Anything that woman says, does or even breathes on corrodes and decays and evermore carries the irrevocable taint of evil.
Originally posted by RubberBaron
She is very crazy, and I hate her too, but for once, I think that banning these people from entering our country is good. The only one I know about well, is Savage, and he was clearly calling for the murder of Dice, that's a fair reason to ban someone IMO.
I did disagree when Geert Wilders was barred, that did seem very political, and he hadn't ever called for violence.
If you weren't born in the UK you have no special right to access to my country, just like if you weren't born in my house, you have no special right to access that either.
"If people have so clearly overstepped the mark in terms of the way not just that they are talking but the sort of attitudes that they are expressing to the extent that we think that this is likely to cause or have the potential to cause violence or inter-community tension in this country, then actually I think the right thing is not to let them into the country in the first place. Not to open the stable door then try to close it later," Ms Smith said.