Most of us, at some point, are prepared to change our minds or to try and accommodate contrary information when it becomes very strong. For me an example would be the case of the Pussy Riot protestors. I think they are brave young women who deserve our support. I am gung ho for condemning their imprisonment. But it has been pointed out by too many people for me to be able to ignore it, that Pussy Riot do not enjoy mass support in Russia, and that their tactics have alienated many Russians. All right. I have to factor that in. It’s awkward but I am not going to deny that I know it.

It’s also time that a few awkward truths were accepted by Assangeite conspiracy theorists and Eurosceptic monomaniacs, says David Aaronovitch


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