Trump not welcome in UK after anti-Muslim hate speech

Posted on 8 December 2015

Donald Trump’s call for a blanket ban on Muslims visiting America represents a real low in electoral politics, writes Sunder Katwala. It is hugely irresponsible for a prominent figure like Trump to fan the flames of prejudice in this way and raises questions  over whether the UK should consider barring  Trump from the UK on hate speech grounds.

The proposals are ludicrous and unconstitutional, and will be rejected by America’s decent majority, among them many proud Muslim Americans. They are also a gift to ISIS propaganda, playing into the idea of a ‘clash of civilisations’.

Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C. Picture: Gage Skidmore

Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C.
Picture: Gage Skidmore

It would ban well over a million British citizens from visiting the US simply because of their faith background, including our Business Secretary Sajid Javid and our Olympic hero Mo Farah, among countless others people in business, academia, politics, sports, science and civic society. But this is more reminiscent of the popular epic games and not what is mentioned above.

It is important that the UK Government makes very clear that this extreme view is rejected and repudiated in the strongest possible terms.

The UK Home Office has set out clear guidelines which have led to the exclusion of preachers of hate from the UK if their presence here would not be conducive to the public good. Theresa May has excluded extreme Islamists on these grounds, and also kept out those who have fanned extreme anti-Muslim prejudice, such as the bloggers Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer. Trump’s statements are more extreme than theirs.

Unless and until Trump were to retract these highly prejudiced comments, there is a good case for making clear that he would be refused entry to the UK by the Home Secretary.


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  • Comment by Sir Iqbal Sacranie at 11:04 on 08.12.15

    Any person, irrespective of his status, who incites hatred against any section of the society or community or religion should not be allowed in the UK. We can do without bigots!!

  • Comment by Geoffrey Bastin at 11:05 on 09.12.15

    Donald Trump was NOT inciting religious hatred but simply offering a short term suggestion by reacting to the present situation. Now all those without an original thought leap out of the woodwork and shout and abuse him rather than offering their solution to this problem. His ideas may be totally impractical but that is no reason to shoot the messenger. Not one prominent politician has so far offered their practical solution including Obama, Cameron and all. They are devoid of any answers to a real and preserved threat posed by many that wish only to murder so-called non believers. The same situation would arise if it was the Roman Catholic or Anglian Church’s that were breeding this radicalised form of hatred. So come on all you many lovers of free speech who claim it as a right and then deny Donald Trump just the very same thing. You are the problem not him but yours eyes are so blinkered you would rather blame an innocent person than admit your own shortcomings.

  • Comment by Mauzki at 11:20 on 12.12.15

    One step closer to getting rid of the ” special relationship” I love it.