The trouble in the east end of London at the weekend is evidence of English Defence League's intolerance but also the intolerance of the UAF and their unwilling to hold a political discourse with members of the far-right.
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The biggest task facing our political leaders is striking a balance between defending those pillars of authority while not erring towards authoritarianism.
Let's hope the leaders of newly independent South Sudan take a look at nearby Eritrea, the last African state to be born. There are some striking parallels.
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