By Luke James in Britain:
‘I’d treat Trump to a visit to Brixton’
Tuesday 19th January 2016
MPs debate banning US presidential hopeful
With 574,000 signatures, a petition to have the racist presidential hopeful excluded from the country won more than five times the support needed to trigger a debate in Parliament and is currently the most popular official e-petition.
Mr Flynn presented the petition, sparked by Mr Trump’s call for all Muslims to be banned from the US, in a three-hour Westminster Hall debate.
“He has done some remarkable things that have caused a great deal of upset,” Mr Flynn conceded. But the veteran MP argued that a ban would only play into Mr Trump’s hand, boosting his image as a straight-talking outsider.
The British government does not apply that principle to, eg, Muslim preachers saying abject stuff; it bans them.
Mr Flynn cited the high-profile case of far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who was banned from Britain in 2009 only to have the ruling overturned on appeal, which embarrassed the government.
Mr Flynn replied: “I would urge the alternative of inviting him here, and I’d be delighted if he could show us where the so-called no-go areas for police are. I’ve never been able to find them.
“It would be a pleasure to take him down to Brixton and show him the rich mixture of races and creeds that are living happily together there.”
On the eve of the debate, activists from Scotland’s new Rise party staged protests outside two luxury hotels owned by the tycoon.