Tougher measures to prevent extremists entering the UK have been announced by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.
The changes mean it will be up to the individual concerned to prove they will not "stir up tension".
In the 17th Century Voltaire was welcomed into England.
But today we have started a war to let might sort it out.
In the West today we have become the Lilliputians. We have been told the story of the Pantagruelians, and we are building high walls to keep out these mythical giants.
And what if I were to say, there are philosophers here now, who stand miles above these giants you fear?
Do we bury our heads and put the philosophers to death?