Ed Husain vs Ken Livingstone on the Today Programme (RealAudio). Not quite in the league of Galloway vs Graffy, but still good stuff.
I'll say this for Ken - his hatred of straight white England is totally non-ideological. If it was 1947 and Mervyn Paice and Clifford Martin had just been murdered, Ken would be welcoming Irgun delegates to Zionist conferences while explaining that the root cause of terror was our racist refusal to allow Jews into the ancestral homeland.
I read his "If voting changed anything" a few weeks back - surprisingly very tedious stuff, practically no politics in it, but lots of politicking. Organisation man par excellence. He'd have gone far in a big multinational. I noted his struggle with, and total defeat of, one John O'Reilly, who I would guess is probably the John O who ran various pro-criminal sites like MOJUK and NCADC from a Digbeth council flat.
Another ex-Jihadi, Hassan Butt, in the Observer :
"By blaming the government for our actions, those who pushed the 'Blair's bombs' line did our propaganda work for us. More important, they also helped to draw away any critical examination from the real engine of our violence: Islamic theology."
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