Ideology Tests!

How glorious!

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.

3 thoughts on “Ideology Tests!”

  1. Sounds more like an attempt to formalise what they’re already doing (given that the piece reckons 200+ people have already been turned away for Thinking Evil Thoughts). I agree that we shouldn’t be turning people away for their views – but if we’re going to do it at all, it seems better to do it upfront and based on explicit legal criteria than in secret based on whim.

  2. What difference is it going to make anyway?

    Fatty Smith isn’t going to actually stop anyone coming in, and she certainly isn’t going to throw anyone out. Osama bin laden could walk into her office and bare his arse at her, and she’d pretend he was never there, and it never happened. Because to target even real terrorists would cause “unrest”, and lose votes in Blackburn and Oldham.

  3. 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.

    Either these new rules are being aimed at the wrong people, or somebody is afraid of explicitly stating Muslim extremists are the real target.

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