Lord Monckton speaks; Savage savaged; liberty or tyranny?
Was American radio host Dr Michael Savage banned from Britain for his denial of global warming or for his frank discussions of violent Islamists and illegal immigration? How could the British Government confuse him with murderers when Dr Savage has never, ever advocated violence?
Lord Monckton, who served as science adviser to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, was invited to testify with Al Gore at a U.S. Congressional hearing about global warming. But House Democrats, led by Rep. Henry Waxman, slammed the door in Lord Monckton's face, and refused to allow him to speak.
The good news is that Lord Monckton makes sense and that he was able to speak freely on the radio.
I love living in England, but one of the things I like about being in the United States is listening to talk radio rather than the one-sided BBC. It is refreshing to hear different views expressed and discussed. After all, what else is freedom of speech about? And how else can we arrive at a thoughtful decision unless we hear all points of view?
Michael Savage has the third-most listened to radio programme in America. His views on global warming (actually cooling, it turns out), the hazard of violent Islamists, and his support for "borders, language and culture" are often passionately expressed. He is a great defender of the U.S. Constitution.
The bad news is that in a move eerily reminiscent of Stalinists, he was one of sixteen people "named and shamed" today by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, who has banned him from entering Britain.
This is outrageous.
It is an outrage to freedom of speech and ancient British traditions of liberty. The whole point of free speech is to protect unpopular speech, but in fact Dr Savage's speech would probably be popular with many people in Britain today if they were lucky enough to be able to hear him.
It does seem strange, doesn't it, that a few days after his interview with the banned Lord Monckton, Michael Savage himself should be publicly denounced as banned by the British Government.
Having listened to Dr Savage, I suspect that he will have the last laugh.