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Mark Thompson is shouting in a hurricane

A plea for more moderate political language is admirable but doomed to fail

By Sam Leith   November 2016

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Enough Said: What’s Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics? by Mark Thompson (Bodley Head, £25)

“Libtard.” “Racist.” “Cry-bully.” “Denier.” “Zionist.” “Fascist.” “Trot.” “Terrorist sympathiser.” “Cuck.” “Loony.” “Blairite.” The vocabulary of political insult has reached a glorious apogee in our age. In most if not all advanced democracies, now, we contemplate a dynamited centre ground, the rise of populists of left and right alike, and—at least among political and media elites—a sense that public trust in establishment politics is at an all time low. Evidence-based argument…

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