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Western values asserted

Do listen to this debate - it's well worth it. The motion - "We should not be reluctant to assert the superiority of Western values" - was carried, with something like 2 to 1 in favour, and 18 undecided, out of a total of 700. There was a fairly big swing from undecided (over 100 at the beginning) to being in favour. The link is here.

Ibn Warraq, David Aaronovitch and Doug Murray all spoke well. Ibn Warraq is the most erudite of the three, but Doug Murray is quite simply one of the best speakers I've ever heard.

Tariq Ramadan waffled and prevaricated. Charles Glass said nothing very memorable. As for William Dalrymple, not only does he talk nonsense - pernicious nonsense - but his voice is very unpleasant to listen to. You can imagine the stuff they came out with: Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, the Spanish Inquisition. (Unlike the Python team, I was expecting the Spanish Inquisition.)

I haven't time to do a detailed review - if I find one that's already done, I'll post it. In any case, there's no substitute for listening to it yourself. The link takes a while to open, and wasn't working properly a couple of days ago, but works now.

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