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Banned from the UK

Louisa Compton | 19:10 PM, Monday, 1 June 2009

Tune in tomorrow to hear the first interview with Michael Savage. He's the American radio "shock-jock" who's been banned from travelling to the UK by the Home Office because he's said to promote hatred or extremism.


  • 1. At 8:30pm on 01 Jun 2009, Sarnia wrote:

    Will this be a live interview or pre-recorded?

    Are you sure you're going to be able to handle him? After all the Beeb throws a hissy fit if anyone says so much as bl**dy on air - how will you cope with him?

    Jacqui Smith has scored a massive own goal in banning him.

    It was just a sop to certain people and anyway, banning someone (who had no intention of coming anyway) just because you don't like his/her views isn't terribly British is it?

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  • 2. At 05:50am on 02 Jun 2009, kv1009 wrote:

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  • 3. At 05:51am on 02 Jun 2009, kv1009 wrote:

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  • 4. At 09:11am on 02 Jun 2009, zelda wrote:

    You reality TV phone in link doesn't work.

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  • 5. At 10:19am on 02 Jun 2009, Sarnia wrote:

    His views are extreme but he is entitled to hold them isn't he?

    Jacqui Smith is a supine fool.

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  • 6. At 10:33am on 02 Jun 2009, zelda wrote:

    The government would do better to ban some of the terrorist groups that operate in this country. Jacqui Smith is indeed a fool.

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  • 7. At 10:40am on 02 Jun 2009, Sarnia wrote:

    Hmm - so far the listener reaction to this interview has been 100% behind the Shock Jock.

    Wonder if the programme anticipated that?

    Both they (and the Govt) seem intent on stirring up bad and negative feelings.

    Don't they realise by putting this man on this list they have raised his profile in the UK? No-one had heard of him before this debacle and now, apparently, lots of people here now listen to his show via the net.

    Smith and her Govt are guilty of the most base appeasement ...

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  • 8. At 10:47am on 02 Jun 2009, Megamorts wrote:

    Although Savage should be allowed his say in the UK in an ideal world, one major problem exists. Most people here are simply too thick to listen clearly and logically to EXACTLY what he does say. Just as most people seem unable to understand a weather forecast! Someone hears 'snow' mentioned and goes on to ignore the fact that it is for the far north of Scotland (and they're in London). They then go into work and tell their colleagues that the forecast said 'snow'!! This sort of thing would undoubtedly happen were we to allow Savage licence to speak freely here: he would be mis-heard by Joe Public and mis-quoted by a number of trouble-making (equally thick) journalists. The result undoubtedly WOULD be trouble. Sad, but true!

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  • 9. At 10:51am on 02 Jun 2009, Sarnia wrote:

    But it's all a moot point anyway as he hasn't and hadn't even applied to come here!

    It was just Smith posturing and trying to get Brownie points.

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  • 10. At 10:55am on 02 Jun 2009, zelda wrote:

    The Muslim you have on now is wrong - the problems in Luton the other weekend were widely covered in the media.

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  • 11. At 11:01am on 02 Jun 2009, elainepriscilla wrote:

    I agree. Talk about a chip on the shoulder.
    This is a free country welcomin g those from abroad.
    Even Muslims can be accepted in the House of Lords.
    Surely it is better to get things in the open
    and deal with them .
    Are we afraid of offending muslims I think so. I knnow of many good and law abikding Muyslims, some I know also hold some of them are even atheists so lets not blame ills on all.
    The Church it seems can say what ever they like. I am told by Cardinal Murphy that as an Atheist I am less than human.

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  • 12. At 11:52am on 02 Jun 2009, jimmy-dean-2009 wrote:

    the real enemy within in this country is the right wing media who like to stir up fabricated nonsense about muslims who by the way are english and british as the enemy within when in fact its them with all the propaganda and spin the muslims i know are very are great ppl with similar morals and principles in life as myself i take them the way i see them the same as i would with anybody regardless of there religion and race you get bad eggs in all walks of life but the media seems hell bent on brainwashing us with nonsense instead of giveing us facts based on truth and reality last week there was a exclusive in the independant about MI5 brainwashing british muslims yet it never made it on any of the mainstream media i wonder why?

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  • 13. At 12:27pm on 02 Jun 2009, dainhop wrote:

    Savage sounds logical and genuine in his interview with Victoria until he is challenged on actual reported content of his broadcasts and articles.

    The you hear the real, rather threatened bigot come to the fore. I enjoyed his assertion that he was a 'pacifist' - one presumably that can sit behind a radio mike and spout ill-informed gossip while staying safe and free from any accountability himslef,

    Once again, an impressive and illuminating interview because Victoria's tone is neutral while her questions are clearly put and informed and she refuses to let her interviewees off the hook.

    There is an argument that Victoria's interviewing skills are among the very best in the broadcasting media because they get results i.e. they inform! Much better than the predictably combatitive showing off of the Paxmans et al.

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  • 14. At 12:37pm on 02 Jun 2009, Jack Ittin wrote:

    He may well be a bigot; is that sufficient reason to have him on a banned list to enter the country?

    Note to jimmy-dean 2009: Haven't you heard of punctuation? Your posts are impossible to read - just a load of stream-of-consciousness stuff that is impossible to make any sense of.

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  • 15. At 12:44pm on 02 Jun 2009, jimmy-dean-2009 wrote:

    jack ittin if you cant read my post ignore it very simple

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  • 16. At 12:56pm on 02 Jun 2009, Centurion wrote:

    I have downloaded the podcasts from his website and listened to many of them, I like shockjocks but in this case found him loud and boorish with a tendency to quickly cut off callers, he is not my type of shockjock, I did not howeve find him offensive, just opinionated but thats his job, thats who he is.

    I think he was banned just to balance out the list otherwise we would have had the usual calls of 'your picking on us' with the now familiar victim syndrome that the bbc allowed after the tube bombings when is seemed sometimes where was more concern about ethnic pc worries than there was about the dead and injured. He was perfect for that reason, White, American and maybe Jewish, if he was not there they would have invented him.

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  • 17. At 02:37am on 03 Jun 2009, geoSaltyDog wrote:

    I am a Brit and Canadian citizen now living at San Francisco and have listened to Michael Savage for the past six years. I have laughed. I have become angry and sometimes even bored. But mostly, I have been entertained by this thought provoking Doctor ( with legitimate credentials).

    Perhaps the most important point Savage makes about the USA is the enshrinment of free speech in an amendment to the Constitution. As he points out, this is a protection of unpopular speech. It allows and in fact demands that differing opinions must be allowed in a free society.

    As a Brit, I was disappointed with Smith's edict and if she resignes, it should be with a public apology for grouping Savage with known terrorists and murderers, of which he is certainly not apart. Regrettably, the land of the Magna Carta appears to be no more.

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  • 18. At 08:51am on 03 Jun 2009, zelda wrote:

    geoSaltyDog - most of us in the UK share your views about Smith's edict but knowing the lot that are apparently supposed to govern us, you have about as much chance of getting anyone to apologise to Michael Savage as I have of winning Miss World.

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  • 19. At 10:16pm on 03 Jun 2009, Squonk wrote:

    Ban a bloke no ones heard of for his opinions but open the doors to a Rapist to earn millions ( Mike Tyson ) great morals that this putrid government has.

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  • 20. At 07:26am on 04 Jun 2009, azscot wrote:

    I am an ex-pat Scot's guy working for a US Defense Corp. in the USA ... a former Labour Party Member ... voted for Labour ... all my life ... was part of the movement to get Tony Blair Elected ... Personally "hated" Margaret Thatcher, as I graduated the year she decimated British Manufacturing! ... but Hey I just Love Michael Savage!!! This Home Secretary Chick is now Toast... I hope!... and UK now needs to apologise to this independent thinking Philospher / Guru! ... big time and soon!! .. I listen to this guy everyday ... He keeps me Sane!

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