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Saturday, 2 July 2011

Two wrongs make a Left

I know that two wrongs don't make a right, but when it comes to the ongoing debate about how best to engage (or, indeed, not engage) with extremists, I am pleased that Labour is now being asked the same questions that my party has long been asked. In other words, this is as much an issue for Labour as it might be for my party, which honestly gives me no pleasure, as this is a difficult and disturbing issue. While I'm in the neighbourhood, why is Peter Tatchell today giving quite unnecessary hype to a man who loves publicity? The man in question being someone who might previously have merited critical attention as he temporarily appeared to be on the up, but who has since declined into something approaching irrelevance, facing as he is an acrimonious leadership battle. I'm not saying that the person concerned should be 'banned', just that there is no need for Mr Tatchell to delight him with a rare burst of publicity; Mr Tatchell should pick his battles more judiciously.

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