Britain Audio Analysis: Should Trump Be Banned from Visiting?

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PHOTO: Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump


There was a flutter in Britain’s Parliament on Monday about American politics, as MPs debated whether to ban Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump from the country.

The discussion followed submission of a petition signed by more than 560,000 people. The Conservative Government had said that it would oppose any restriction on entry — an ironic reflection of Trump’s declaration that all Muslims should be prevented from visiting the US.

I spoke with BBC WM about the debate and the issues on Monday afternoon.

Listen from 1:26.16

I believe in free speech. I believe that free speech should be responsible.

What I hope is that, if Mr Trump came over here, he would dealt with respectfully and with courtesy — to be told that his views are absolutely outrageous, out-of-order hate-mongering and racism, and that what we are proud of in Britain is that we don’t share his narrow-minded, hateful attitude to race and religion.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Nobody but themselves cares what Britishers think … President Trump will be well advised to clip this clagnut from clinging about the Yanki elephant’s ass.

  2. “I believe in free speech. I believe that free speech should be responsible.”
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    GMAFB. “responsible”? If that is your feeling, you are against free speech.
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    You can’t qualify something then refer to it as free. Free speech is FREE speech. Without qualifications or restrictions.
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    Correct your statement to…….. “I believe in responsible free speech”. Putting it in the correct form proves that you are against free speech.

    • Mike,

      Actually, there has been a great deal of discussion and consideration to set out this notion of free speech. You have the right to speak freely, but not necessarily to incite hatred or advocate criminal activity. You have the right to speak freely, but not to slander. You have the right to free speech, but not to be malicious.

      S.

      • Here in my country/USA free speech is free speech. No restrictions.
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        Here in my country if you don’t like someone’s free speech you can sue them for slander. Good luck with that.
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        And another note…………….. majority of Americans agree with Trump regarding Muslims.
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        I don’t know how you’re coming up with incite hatred or criminal activity and malicious. Maybe that’s a Brit thing.

        • Mike Scott is an American and speaking of restrictions on free speech : “There are certain well-defined and limited classes of speech, the prevention and punishment of which have never been thought to raise a Constitutional problem. These include the lewd and obscene, the profane, the libelous and the insulting or ‘fighting’ words – those which by their very utterances inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace.”-Supreme Court Judge Frank Murphy in Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire, 315 U.S. 568, 572 (1942)

          • There are basically no restrictions on free speech here in the US. You can say anything you want, except speech which threatens someone.
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            Here in the US you can something like…… Nazis were great people, and you will not violate free speech.
            Here, if you don’t like what someone says about you you can sue them for liable or slander.
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            Regarding Trump, if you don’t like what he says you have the option of not voting for him. You can go in Times Square and yell at the top of your lungs………… Trump is a racist!, and get away with it.

          • “These include the lewd and obscene, the profane, the libelous and the insulting or ‘fighting’ words – those which by their very utterances inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace.”-
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            There’s your problem. “INJURY”. Here in the US you have to prove that you were somehow injured. You have to prove two things……… intention and damages or injury. Very difficult to prove here in the US.

  3. I would love to see the Brits tell Trump he is “outrageous”. He would turn the table on you and put you in your place using your words. Don’t mess with Trump.

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