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  2. Please use his full title "Peter Oborne, Director of Communications for President Assad".

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    Samfr

    Sam Freedman

  3. Or you could just look at the argument and the evidence he presents in this particular piece and make your mind up on that basis rather than abdicating judgment by feeling the need mentally to appoint someone an “arbiter”. Which is, tbf, kind of his point. cc @Conorpope

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    alanbeattie

    Alan Beattie

  4. I won't speak for Conor but my point is not that this piece is wrong but that he's a massive hypocrite who'll quite happy to lie in support of his own ideologies just as some in No 10 are doing at the moment.

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    Samfr

    Sam Freedman

  5. The point was that he should do serious reflection over the last 8 years for supporting Assad Regime AKA the Red-Brownism Nexus that has caused the rise of Natvist Populism and horrifying consequences.

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    WTarbiat

    Warren Luke Tarbiat

  6. Fine. But I’d consider the underlying issue of the corruption of political discourse in Britain of rather more concern than whether Peter Oborne is a tosser or not.

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    alanbeattie

    Alan Beattie

    Sure. But that’s a separate issue to whether this piece is right, which seems to me quite a pressing issue just now.

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    alanbeattie

    Alan Beattie

  7. I think it's pretty rich complaining about the corruption of political discourse when you're one of the perpetrators. And you can't expect not to be called on that.

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    Samfr

    Sam Freedman

  8. If I accept he is a hypocritical tosser, will you accept that he seems to be right on this occasion? Otherwise your argument is pure ad hominem fallacy.

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    alanbeattie

    Alan Beattie

    And tbh I’d say that the idea the country is systematically being misled on Brexit by its leading news outlets is possibly more important right now than the character of Peter Oborne, or “who?” as the British public know him.

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    alanbeattie

    Alan Beattie

  9. Of course it's true. I've said the same myself repeatedly as have plenty of other people. But Oborne piously banging on about the importance of political honesty is pretty grating for anyone interested in middle eastern politics.

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    Samfr

    Sam Freedman

  10. Sometimes the wrong people say - or in this case write - the right thing...

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    KenPenton

    Ken Penton