At Shiraz Socialist I wrote "I hadn;t realised the results were in. I can now reveal that I voted for you guys in my no.2 slot (after myself of course) and am rather suprised to have undeservedly beaten you. Congrats to Chris D. And glad we both beat Clark and Kamm. The only way is up comrades."To which The Exile said "I am sorry that Bob feels to the need to gloat about Neil’s position in the list. At the end of the day, and unlike Gimlet Kamm, Neil believes in the old socialist values of equality of outcome and a fully collectivised economy." He continues "We should also remember that if it hadn’t been for Neil taking up my anti-harki campaign and giving it valuable publicity, today the warmongers would be able to console themselves with the thought that although they lost the war they had saved the scabs. Sorry, losers, but facesavers are not on offer these days." This is a completely disgusting position. What he calls "harkis" (the term is incredibly offensive: it properly refers to Algerians who fought with the French in the Algerian war) are the Iraqis who sought asylum in the UK after they were targeted for translating for the Coalition forces. Their right to asylum here is so clear-cut, only a morally perverse person (i.e. Clark and The Exile) would take that view. I know Martin M rates Clark, so he might want to defend him.
Moving on to something far more elevating, The Contentious One has replied to the Five Words meme - and is on splendid form. Highly recommended.
Following up the UAF/Hope Not Hate debate here, there is a fair amount in the left blogosphere about the BNP appearing on Question Time - see, e.g. Dave S, AVPS, Sim-O, Soho Politico, Bart Cammaerts, Denis MacShane, Sunny. I'm too tired to formulate my response now.
Finally, here is what TNC says you should read.