The new Democratic strategy for 2008

Belgium’s far-right Vlaams Blok was branded racist in a supreme court ruling that will force one of Europe’s most successful anti-immigrant parties to relaunch itself. The supreme court upheld a verdict by a lower court in April that found the party to be guilty of “permanent incitement to segregation and racism”.

The top court rejected all 21 arguments put forward by the Vlaams Blok in an appeal against the April ruling by a court in Ghent, saying that freedom of speech had its limits under tough new anti-racism legislation.

The verdict was met with applause from anti-racism activists inside the packed courtroom but gasps from party supporters. “What happened in Brussels today is unique in the Western world: never has a so-called democratic regime outlawed the country’s largest political party,” Vlaams Blok leader Frank Vanhecke said in a statement.

If you can’t beat them, just make it illegal to vote for them. Vee must always remember zat freedom of speech has its limits, hein? Terry McAuliffe must be kicking himself today. Why didn’t he think of that?

Just remember this when you wonder at what point the Left reaches its limits. They’re a lot further out than you’d ever imagine. It doesn’t usually extend to killing everyone with glasses, but it does more often than you’d expect.