Douglas Murray is the Director of the Centre for Social Cohesion.
When, a few weeks back, in an article on gay marriage, I made a glancing reference to the regrettable views of Paul Goodman I never thought I’d end up having to write one – let alone two – lengthy pieces responding to his increasingly vitriolic and obsessive attacks on me. Let alone that readers of Conservative Home would be expected to put up with this exchange. But Monday’s piece by Paul was the blog-equivalent of a drive-by shooting. This is tediously obsessive even for me – and I was the subject – so I can’t imagine how dull it must be for everybody else. But Paul’s had a last say – so I’ll do one more correction of him.
Even when Paul and I were on friendly terms we were never in full agreement. The latest pieces from him remind me why. With the largest Muslim constituency of any Conservative MP, Paul took it upon himself to read a lot of material very fast on Islamic and Islamist theology. As often happens when people immerse themselves in something new, he went under and seems never to have come back up.