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Since so many people, including the Home Secretary and the Foreign Secretary, have stampeded over the niceties of allowing British parliamentarians to sit in a room with Dutch parliamentarians, what Wilders says must be pretty bad.

I disagree with some of what Wilders says. He thinks the Koran should be banned. I think it should be discussed, debated and even denounced. But I don't think it should be banned. I can see why in the Dutch context - where Mein Kampf is banned - a case can be made. But I'm not persuaded. I also think Wilders is deeply wrong to express an interest in allying his party in any way with the Flemish nationalists of Vlaams Belang, as he did recently. However, on some of the most important issues of our time he is right.

In the next few weeks a set of well-known extremist Muslims will be touring the campuses of the UK. Bilal Philips, Kamal el-Helbawy and others will be untroubled by the Home Secretary as they make their rabble-rousing speeches. It is only those - as a growing list of people can now attest - who point to the people saying bad things that are censored.

Wilders has not called for anybody to be murdered. He has exposed the way in which violent verses in the Koran can justify violent actions by Muslims. More of a fire fighter than a fire starter, Wilders has been caught in the nightmare of a British political establishment that cannot discern the difference.

As the fire beneath our feet spreads, our politicians are now united in stopping anyone mentioning the truth about what is going on in this theatre. A stampede for the exit should be the least of their worries.

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