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Ringer Billy Bragg and incitement to violence (100* d) RE: Billy Bragg and incitement to violence 12 Jun 09

Just because he is a frequent contributor, Borchester Echo, doesn't make him "well-qualified." And "worthwile" is, I think, in the eye of the beholder. Of course he has "every right" to comment, just as I have every right to consider him narcissistic and self-opinionated. As exemplified by his proposals for tactical vote-swapping, like all today's bien pensant left he is incapable of entertaining the possibility that anyone who disagrees with him can have motives other than ulterior; that way tyranny lies.

On politics, theleveller, I listen to many (I've even listened to Billy Bragg speaking, although as far as I'm aware I've never heard him sing). But I can think of no-one who represents the totality of my views. Tony Benn (who once represented me, though I never voted for him) agreed with me on the EU but not on the place of the State; Margaret Thatcher was closer. Basically, I am an old-fashioned liberal (with a small "L"). I believe with Locke that the smaller the State the better, that there is no intrinsic benefit in public spending and I am inclined to say, "bugger you," to authoritarianism, whether that authoritarianism be of the left or the right.

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