An enjoyable spat has broken out between Independent columnist Johann Hari and right-wing historian Andrew Roberts in the pages of the US political mag, The New Republic.
Hari describes Roberts as a Ã¢â‚¬Å“little known British historianÃ¢â‚¬ and Ã¢â‚¬Å“a caricature of a caricature of the old imperial historiansÃ¢â‚¬ who Ã¢â‚¬Å“sucks up to the English aristocracyÃ¢â‚¬ and Ã¢â‚¬Å“lauds the British Empire Ã¢â‚¬’ and its massacres and suppressions Ã¢â‚¬’ as Ã¢â‚¬ËœgloriousÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ on every occasionÃ¢â‚¬.
Responding in The New Republic, Roberts describes Hari as Ã¢â‚¬Å“despicable and cowardlyÃ¢â‚¬.
And picking up on one point raised by Hari he says: Ã¢â‚¬Å“He knows that, if he called me a white supremacist in a British publication, I would sue him for libel and doubtless take tens of thousands of pounds off him for the entirely undeserved slur.Ã¢â‚¬
Axegrinder read the whole thing online which means, of course that, legally speaking, it has been Ã¢â‚¬Å“publishedÃ¢â‚¬ in the UK.
So will Roberts now sue?
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