John Major: Deport all who ‘spit hate’

Former British Prime Minister John Major seems to be on the right track:

People who “spit hate” at the British way of life should be deported, Tory former Prime Minister John Major said.

Mr Major spoke of the “uncomfortable reality” that many terrorists were born or lived in the UK but had been taught to hate its culture.

“There seem to be many people who, for reasons that are irrational, dislike the Anglo-Saxon way of life,” he said.

He called for heavier penalties for those who incited violence at this “particularly sensitive time”.

“Always difficult to balance this against freedom of speech but I think, at the moment, it is justifiable to protect the public,” he argued.

Mr Major added: “As far as those who literally spit hate at our country and there are some of them – they spit hate at our country and they incite – I personally would be prepared to deport those where it is clear that what they are doing is causing civil unrest and may cost other people, as a result of that, their lives.”

I think Mr. Major has a decent idea, but would the British go for it? I admire Tony Blair for his solidly standing behind the US in the War on Terror, but I agree with La Shawn – I think at this point Mr. Blair is more worried about not offending Muslims than protecting the country. Both are obviously high priority for him, but the edge goes to the “not offending” side. I think sometimes we worry about that too much here, too.

Related: Atlas wonders when we’ll get on board with profiling (as Israel does without apology) rather than random searches.