Once again I’ve been accused of intolerance since I have a somewhat hard-assed approach to rightwing blither-hounds. I ice them without much ado because they’re usually rude as hell & I don’t run a debating society. This is a solidarity wall & that’s a very different thing.

I have a mantra: one of the arts of politics is knowing when to save your breath. We’ve all seen those flatulent Facebook debates that go on interminably, with extreme invective & to no point since you can’t talk people out of their derangements or their commitments.

Discussion of how to build solidarity is always fruitful; clarifications & elaborations about complicated issues are invaluable. But wrangling over incompatible views only works up adrenalin better preserved for more worthy nemeses.

That’s it! And at my age I make no apologies for it.