Letter: Blackpool follies
Wednesday 30 September 1998
First, he repeatedly quotes out of context in order to distort the meaning of articles in Briefing. For example, he tells readers that a piece in the current issue refers to the "armed struggle" in Ireland. The complete sentence reads as follows: "The armed struggle is over and people no longer want a return to the cycle of violence of the Troubles."
Second, he claims members of Briefing's editorial board wrote to The Independent without declaring themselves as such. In fact, in a letter published on 21 August Tony Dale declared himself a member of the editorial board and went on to point out that he had denounced the IRA's Manchester bombing in unequivocal terms in an article in Briefing - one of the many facts Aaronovitch conveniently overlooks in his determination to smear us with broad-brush allegations about "terrorism."
Finally, Aaronovitch claims he does not care about Labour's NEC election. Then why has he devoted two lengthy columns to it?
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