Not just one Hero this week, but two.
Norman Kember returned home from Iraq to face vicious personal attacks by the people who, three years earlier had propagandised for the murderous invasion. Kember rose above it all and refused to be intimidated by the war lobby.
Hero number two is David Hockney. Did any one see Hockney's superb attack on the smoking ban in Scotland on the BBC on Sunday? The man's a class act. For mounting an eloquent and passionate defence of the right of adults to smoke in enclosed public spaces, Hockney has incurred the wrath of self-proclaimed 'liberal' David Aaronovitch. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,6-2106350,00.html
When I once challenged Aaronovitch over a claim he had made on the Balkans, he responded by labelling me 'a strange apologist for fascism'. Aaronovitch supports compulsory identity cards, illegal invasions of sovereign states and a ban on smoking in public places. The first place in the world to ban smoking in public places was Berlin in 1936. Nazi Germany also operated a compulsory identity card system and as we all know was rather fond of illegally invading sovereign states.
With respect David, just who is the 'strange apologist for fascism'?