Thursday, 20 August 2009

Brother Tariq Kicked Out of Rotterdam

Brother Tariq Ramadan, the Swiss Egyptian who campaigns for Turkey's accession to the EU, has been kicked out of his gigs in Rotterdam. France and the Netherlands have now woken up to Tariq Ramadan and grasped the fact that he is a reactionary in disguise. Perhaps the British government and the Guardian newspaper will now do the same, although I won't hold my breath.

It seems that the Geert Wilders phenomenon really has elite politicians in the Netherlands running scared. They're used to dissenting fringe parties like the BNP or Le Pen. Now, for the first time, they're faced with an anti-immigration party, which rejects racism (Wilders expresses contempt for the BNP) and has a chance of going mainstream and even winning. This is a heartening development which I hope will be replicated elsewhere in Europe.

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