MORE than 12,000 people have signed a petition calling on the Government to ban this weekend's planned UK visit by a prominent far-right Hungarian politician.Now whilst I agree Jobbik are not nice people and are basically the inheritors of the Nazi mantle in Hungary, I believe banning them or attempting to ban them usually ends up giving them more in the way of publicity than perhaps they warrant.
Gábor Vona, is leader of the Jobbik Party - Hungary's third largest political party which has been accused of promoting anti-Semitic, racist and homophobic views.
He is due to arrive in the UK on Sunday to encourage Hungarians living in Britain to support nationalist parties such as Nick Griffin's British National Party (BNP).
A petition calling for him to be excluded will be presented to Home Secretary Theresa May this afternoon by anti-fascist group Hope not Hate.
Hope not Hate of course have form in trying to get those whom they see on the 'right' (whether they are or not) banned, although they take a far softer approach on islamic hate speakers in mosques. They managed to get Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller banned, they've attempted to silence the EDL and were instrumental in assisting in the banning of Geert Wilders. Essentially they only target their own limited blinkered view of a hate speaker, one that ticks all the right boxes of the left, rather than dealing with hate speech as a whole.
However my view is that these people should be open to be heard and if necessary criticised. You can't do that if you silence them and it only makes them look good and you petty. However the leftards are very heavily into the 'no platform' style of debate where they will attempt to ban or violently silence debate which goes against their corrupt useless dogma, after all if you don't know the alternatives, you can't adopt them.
The one problem the left have with freedom of speech is that they only want people to have the freedom to hear what they have to say, no one else.