I have been amused by recent efforts by the right or centre of our political spectrum to portray their publications or institutions as part of a great effort to  ensure proper and fair debate in SA on what we are doing wrong and how we fix it. It’s a battle between liberals of the right and left. In March, it was the Institute of Race Relations inviting David Bullard to a seminar at the University of Stellenbosch to prove it was a champion of free speech, even though the keynote address ended up calling the people it disagreed with (me, basically) "utterly mad". And a moment ago I got an e-mail from James Myburgh, the publisher of Politicsweb, telling me that while he was committed to telling the truth, he was nevertheless keen to hear all sides of a story. "We are and have always been committed to giving all sides a fair hearing even, and indeed especially, to those with whom we may most seriously disagree," he intones. Well, ever since I said here two weeks ago that I was going to...

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