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December 11, 2015

The Young Fabians have an impressive guest of honour this evening – and they’re lucky to have him

Douglas Murray

Originally published in Spectator Blogs

Some days the world is so stupid that getting out of bed seems to carry too many risks.  Today, thanks to the Independent, the bottom of the stupid-pool has been reached. The ‘paper’ has just run a pieceby one George Greenwood headlined: ‘Labour-IRA attitude under scrutiny as Young Fabians invite former terror commander to be guest of honour at Christmas party.’

Which sounds very scary indeed until you read down, or look at the photo and discover that the former IRA commander in question is in fact Sean O’Callaghan – otherwise known as probably the most famous double-agent at the top of the IRA. A man who helped destroy the IRA’s operational effectiveness over the course of a decade. A man who at unbelievable risk to his own life saved dozens of British lives. A man who prevented a Brighton-style attack that would most likely have killed the Prince and Princess of Wales.  A man, in other words, who is one of the most extraordinarily brave and courageous people who it could ever be anybody’s honour to meet.

But the Independent seems not to know any of this and barely even nods to it in its sub-Wikipedia hit-job of a piece.  And nor does Simon Danczuk MP seem to know this.  Indeed here he is giving a quote on the investigative genius George Greenwood’s discovery, saying…

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Douglas Murray

About Douglas Murray

A bestselling author and award-winning political commentator, he previously founded the Centre for Social Cohesion, which monitors extremism in Britain. Murray is the author of numerous publications including, "Victims of Intimidation: Freedom of Speech within Europe's Muslim Communities". A columnist for Standpoint magazine, he writes for a variety of other publications, including the Spectator and Wall Street Journal. Murray is an expert on Islamist extremism and UK foreign policy. He recently published a book on the Saville Inquiry into Bloody Sunday.

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