Britain’s House of Lords is our second, or revising, chamber.
Until the middle of the last century, the lords referred to were all hereditaries and many of their antecedents had had a seat in the English Parliament since its inception. It wasn’t a full time job and didn’t pay anything. Most lords had ancestral fortunes to conserve, ancestral lands to manage and family businesses to further. Some who lived in London attended fairly frequently, but most of the rest of them rolled up whenever there was a debate to which they could contribute something by way of their expertise. They got a little daily allowance – their lunch allowance and their train fare – and rolled back to the ancient pile.
In 1958, life peers (the title dies with the holder) were created as a means of widening the range of expertise in the Lords, and for rewarding those who had served the country. Such peers are created by the prime minister of the day.
It worked fairly well until Tony Blair got his grasping, febrile fingers on it. He created a number of life peers who have recently been found to have been selling access and favors for large amounts of dosh. As with all who subscribe to the Left in Britain, Blair professed to believe in “multiculturalism” and made cringe worthy, and destructive, obeisance to Islam. In this cause, he created a title for “Lord” Ahmed.
Lord Ahmed is a large, unexceptional fellow who has no gifts apparent to the naked eye – although texting while driving at 60 mph on the highway appears to be one of his skills. He admits to being behind the wheel, having sent and received five text messages, when he was involved in an accident on Christmas Day which left one person dead. He will be sentenced later his month.
Meanwhile, he keeps himself occupied attempting to destroy freedom of speech and freedom of assembly in Britain. A United Kingdom Independence Party – UKIP (they want Britain out of the European Union) peer invited conservative Dutch MP Geert Wilders to speak about Islam to peers in the House of Lords, and to show his short film “Fitna” which consists of quotes from the Q’ran spoken against scenes of Islamic terrorism, to the Lords. “Fitna” is Arabic for “disgreement and division among people:, and the film addresses the influence of Islam in Holland.
I am guessing that the “influence” of Islam in Holland has no more legitimacy than the “influence” of Islam in Britain. In other words, that which Lefty, submissive governments have ceded to the immigrants without consulting the indigenous owners of the country – and usually without putting the immigrants to the trouble of demanding these privileges.
Lord Ahmad, texter extraordinaire, according to The Spectator, threatened to mobilise 10,000 Muslims to block access to the House of Lords if they allowed Wilders into the building to show his film.
No insult to the Mother of Parliaments and ancient home of free speech could have been greater. The threat of blocking access of members to one of the two houses of Parliament where he legislature meets could hardly have been graver – or more illegal.
In shock, the Lords appeared to cede the point, but a day later found their spine and Wilders was re-invited.
Meanwhile, the politicized Home Office, stuffed with immigrant – not all of them legal – employees, ever ready to do its socialist master’s bidding, has now warned that Wilders, a perfectly respectable, duly elected member of the Parliament of Holland, will not be allowed into Britain citing “a threat to public safety”. (Unlike Lord Ahmad and his reported 10,000 Muslims planning to blockade the Houses of Parliament, I presume.)
The Dutch Foreign Secretary has called Home Office Minister to protest. It matters not. The Labour party line is that Islam is a “religion of peace” and it is us, the owners of the country, who are always stirring up trouble for these sensitive, peaceful people. The Home Office cited the socialist chimera of “community harmony” as their prompt. It was when Blair got into office 12 years ago that his party seized on the idea of using Muslim immigrants as a rod to beat the backs of the British with.
Puzzlingly, Ahmad is now claiming that he will not protest the showing of the film in the Lords in Mr Wilders’ absence, according to “The Times”. So the threat, reported in The Spectator, to mobilise the 10,000 Muslims must have been to protest Mr Wilders’ presence in Britain in general rather than in the House of Lords? How very very of him.
Meanwhile, a Baroness Cox, who seems to be in the thick of all this somehow, said the original decision not to show the film had not been in response to the reported threat by Lord Ahmad, but in response to Mr Wilders’ apparent proposal that Islam be banned. Mr Wilders is an outspoken, right wing MP and this has been his known stance for a number of years.
The Home Office, meanwhile, has taken upon itself the mantle of film critic saying it was simply endorsing the Dutch Government’s condemnation of the film, which they said “serves no useful purpose”. So now anything that does not serve the state is to be disallowed?
Will Dutch MP Wilders be admitted to Britain? Will “Fitna” be shown in the Mother of Parliaments without incident? Will Lord Ahmad be sentenced to prison for being involved in a fatal accident on Christmas Day? I’ll keep you posted.