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A clarification

Some people claim to have detected an element of hyperbole in some of the things I have written about the coalition. They point, for example, to my claims—rooted in observation but admittedly open to accusations of over-extrapolation—that the government is not merely denying the existence of disability out of ignorance and austerity-inspired parsimony but is actively pursuing an extremist, almost National Socialist agenda born of a furious hatred that is barely suppressed whenever any of its architects are pressed about its more offensive aspects. “You're just plummeting down the Godwin chute,” they say. “You can't just shout 'Nazi' just because, say, the government is openly lying to the media about disabled welfare claimants and stirring up prejudice about them.”

To be clear: any such ostensibly exaggerated claims fall into a particular category of writing known as “Prove Me Wrong, You Cunts”. The moment they did, the way would be clear to retract—but the longer they go on, the less it looks like there'll ever be any danger of that.

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