Thursday, 23 June 2011
Two Wise Decisions
Yesterday, Geert Wilders, the charismatic Dutch politician, was found not guilty of all charges of incitement to hatred, discrimination and group insult. Acquitting Mr Wilders Judge Marcel van Oosten said: "The bench finds that your statements are acceptable within the context of public debate."
Cranmer states: '(He) has fought to defend the liberties of us all,and he won.' (Interesting comments on the post).
Today, at FMQs, Alex Salmond announced his intention to delay the controversial anti-sectarianism Bill which he was rushing through the parliamentary process. A wise decision which will ensure all interested parties have time to confer and debate, hopefully concluding in the Bill being carried unanimously when the final vote is taken at the end of the year.
Will the Geert Wilders verdict have any influence on the Bill? Who knows although I suspect many in the Scottish legal system will be scrutinising the Dutch court's judgement with a fine-toothed comb.