Liberal Putin can't bear to have in Russia
By Caron Lindsay in Liberal Democrat Voice
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats
I was very amused by this tweet from former Liberal Democrat MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber Edward McMillan-Scott.
"I'm banned from #Russia again - first time since 1972! #45 on the hit list http://www.yle.fi/tvuutiset/uutiset/upics/liitetiedostot/RUS_Einreiseverbotsliste.pdf …
If you look at the list, you'll see that Edward, who was a powerful voice for human rights in the European Parliament, is viewed as more dangerous than Sir Malcolm Rifkind who was chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee. Edward is at 45 and Rifkind is 16 places further down at 61. It shows off your values when you are more horrified by people who want your citizens to have rights than someone who's scrutinising the people who might be spying on you.
Edward is not the only dangerous liberal on that list, though:
Trumping both of these two are #27, Nick Clegg and #10 Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of the ALDE group in the European Parliament.
I'm sure that they will all see their ban as a badge of honour.
* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings