Home Secretary Defends U.K. Ban On Michael Savage
May 20, 2009 at 5:15 AM (PT)
Challenged by a TORY legislator to justify the British government's ban on MICHAEL SAVAGE entering the country, U.K. Home Secretary JACQUI SMITH declined to reconsider the ban, saying that the TALK RADIO NETWORK host was banned for "engaging in unacceptable behaviour by seeking to provoke others to serious criminal acts and by fostering hatred that might lead to inter-community violence."
SMITH, responding to MP MICHAEL FABRICANT of LICHFIELD in debates in the HOUSE OF COMMONS, said, "In his radio broadcasts, Mr. SAVAGE has spoken about killing 100 million Muslims, and he has spoken in violent terms about homosexuals. Coming to the U.K. is a privilege. I refuse to extend that privilege to individuals who abuse our standards and values to undermine our way of life."
FABRICANT responded that SMITH's charges against SAVAGE would be illegal in AMERICA as well and noted "he has not faced prosecution there. Does she realise how ludicrous her ban is and the disrepute into which she has put this country in the eyes of many right-seeing—and, indeed, left-seeing—people in the UNITED STATES? Does she also plan to ban HOWARD STERN, RUSH LIMBAUGH and other middle-aged, white, ordinary, American radio presenters?"
CRISPIN BLUNT, Conservative MP for REIGATE, added, "The Home Office's production of a 'name and shame' list was a self-evident gimmick and demeaning to Government, and it has led to a completely avoidable legal action that is producing splendid publicity for MICHAEL SAVAGE." SMITH responded that she would have banned an Islamic preacher saying "the equivalent about killing 100 million Jews," to which Conservative MP JULIAN BRAZIER of CANTERBURY asked why the country accepted back two non-citizen suspected terrorists from GUANTANAMO BAY.