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Who’s an extremist?

Good blog post we’ve just noticed from Ed West on the Telegraph website here.

He takes issue with former Labour Europe Minister Denis MacShane, who described Nigel Farage, leader of the UKIP MEPs in the European Parliament, as “extremist” on Twitter, when mentioning that he was to be on last night’s Question Time.

Please read it, but for those without time – this is a rather choice observation by West:

“So which side are the extremists?…[the] Wikipedia definition puts it: ‘In democratic societies, individuals or groups that advocate the replacement of democracy with a authoritarian regime are usually branded extremists, in authoritarian societies the opposite applies.’ If opposing this new empire in Europe makes one an extremist, then count me in.”

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