The far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders arrived in London after an immigration tribunal ruling overturned a ban on his visiting Britain. The Home Office said it was disappointed after the tribunal rejected its claim that his presence could “inflame community tensions and lead to interfaith violence”.
Geert Wilders expanded on his controversial views on Islam and described the decision to allow him into the country as a “victory for the freedom of speech”. At a press conference moved inside the Houses of Parliament because of fears for Wilders’s safety, the Freedom party leader said that Islamic culture was inferior to western cultures. He said he had “nothing against” Muslims, but had a problem with the “Islamification of our societies”. “I have a problem with the Islamic ideology, the Islamic culture, because I feel that the more Islam that we get in our societies the less freedom that we get.”
Wilders will, however, not be screening his film Fitna, which criticises the Quran as a “fascist book”, on this trip. The film had been intended to be shown at the House of Lords in February. He said he still intended to screen the film in the House of Lords in the future.