More breaking news – the BBC now reports that Geert Wilders is being sent back to the Netherlands after being detained by immigration officials at Heathrow. Apparently the Dutch ambassador to the UK was at Heathrow to show his opposition to the UK government's stance.
The showing of Fitna will go ahead at the House of Lords as planned.
If I'm blogging this in a rather matter of fact way, it's because I discussed my personal views on Wilders, his repulsive "film" and censorship at length in this blog post yesterday. One small point though - if you watch the video on the BBC website of Wilders arriving at Heathrow and the media scrum surrounding him, you'll see that by issuing this ban the British government has succeeded in giving the man the publicity he craves and allowing him to present himself martyr for the free speech he would happily deprive others of. I long for a day when we can just ignore people like him.