Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, is to announce a package of measures aimed at making it harder for extremists to enter the country.
The new rules will also affect anyone suspected of advocating illegal action to stir up tensions, including anti-abortionists, far-right groups and animal rights activists.
It is expected that foreign-born extremists will be forced to retract controversial statements, and will have to refute specific allegations made against them.
Isn\’t that just wonderful? Only right thinking people will be allowed into the country in future. And the definition of "right thinking" is of course left to the Home Secretary.
My word, how happy we shall be!
It is currently illegal to organise a demonstration, however peaceful, arguing for free speech if you don\’t apply for the appropriate licence. Who wants to bet that\’s the sort this gets used upon?
Just as anti-terror laws get used on a bird reading out the names of the dead at the Cenotaph, the same laws are used against an Icelandic bank and the European Arrest Warrant against somebody writing on the internet.