All deleted tweets from politicians

@GeoffStooke @tfa4freedom As far as we can tell, public opinion in the colonies was very similar to that in Great Britain, with perhaps a third in each case broadly Tory - meaning, here, sympathetic to the Crown’s claims - and the rest, with varying degrees of enthusiasm, broadly Patriot/Whig.

@jpearcejourno Actually slavery exists today. You'd think that would be a bigger priority. Any you know where it is most widely practised? Here's another clue:…

@EmmaKennedy I don’t want to ban it. I wish it well. I just want us to have the right to hire and fire the people who set our laws.

I see from the responses that a lot of people struggle to distinguish between disliking something and wanting to ban it. The difference between the two contains the entirety of what we mean by "a free society".

@AllieRenison @MRJKilcoyne Don’t think you’ll get much disagreement from either of us there, Allie.

Beethoven's Ninth was popular with Maoists and Nazis, and was the national anthem of the breakaway white regime in Rhodesia. Only now, though, has that sublime piece of music become part of a culture war.…

For many years, I have sat quietly through the Beethoven. I don't recognise it as an anthem, but I respect the musicians. Now look at the radicalisation on both sides: first the Brexit Party wanting to up the ante, then their opponents reaching for hysterical Nazi parallels.

The violent assault on journalist @MrAndyNgo by Antifa goons - and, more shockingly, the readiness of writers and intellectuals to minimise or excuse it - shows how easily people slide from “punch a Nazi” to “punch anyone with an opinion we dislike”.

@AndrewWilliaaf People can read it and make their minds up. I think the ironic tone is obvious, which is why there was no great row at the time. But, of course, if you start from the position of hating the author, you can doubtless convince yourself to see it differently.