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There are limits to tolerance—but human rights are key to democracy

We shouldn't tolerate vulnerable people being harmed. But human rights are essential

By David Anderson  

Prime Minister Theresa May gives a speech outside No 10 in the wake of Saturday night's terror attack. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images

Tolerance is the least inspiring of virtues: it means putting up with people or ideas that we don’t much like. So Theresa May struck a chord after Saturday’s London Bridge attack when she said that “there is to be frank, far too much tolerance of extremism in our country.”

Correctly exercised, tolerance is a necessary staging post to the higher objectives of…

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