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THIS Gov­ern­ment’s for­eign pol­icy is in a right mess. They sim­ply can’t make their minds up.

In 2013 the for­mer Con­ser­va­tive for­eign sec­re­tary Sir Mal­colm Rifkind was en­thu­si­as­tic about the idea of bomb­ing Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashir al-As­sad.

Yet 12 months later he was adamantly against it. Prob­a­bly a good job he wasn’t in charge of any­thing a year pre­vi­ously, eh?

Then we have cur­rent For­eign Sec­re­tary Philip Ham­mond ( claim­ing As­sad is a “re­cruit­ing sergeant” for ISIS, while he con­tin­ues to flog arms to Saudi Ara­bia which ac­tu­ally fund ISIS, and all the while not wel­com­ing any Mus­lim mi­grants into its Mus­lim coun­try.

The Tories also sup­ported the over­throw of Colonel Gaddafi in Libya and the wider Arab Spring, which how­ever you look at it wasn’t the work of nice demo­cratic folk, but a cloak for fun­da­men­tal­ism.

Still. Only five more years to go… JEREMY Cor­byn’s plea for a “kin­der” style of pol­i­tics has fallen on deaf ears among his own Labour sup­port­ers.

Not for them the gen­tle touchy-feely di­a­logue of their newly-crowned beardie, oh no.

As we’ve wit­nessed on the TV news this week, the ven­omous el­e­ments of the left have been em­pow­ered by their re­cent­ly­elected rad­i­cal.

It’s like the 1980s all over again.

I have lit­tle time for the Con­ser­va­tive party also, but would that mean I would ever be found jostling in a horde of mil­i­tants spit­ting, shout­ing and wish­ing death upon Tory del­e­gates at their con­fer­ence in Manch­ester this week? Of course not. But this be­hav­iour is tac­itly con­doned on the left. Be­cause ba­si­cally, if you’re on the left, it’s ap­par­ently okay to act like a bar­bar­ian - be­cause the left says it’s okay.

Imag­ine the up­roar if UKIP can­di­dates stood out­side a Labour con­fer­ence hurl­ing eggs and vile ver­bal abuse as their mem­bers wan­dered in­side?

Imag­ine the end­less live BBC de­bates and acres of Guardian news­pa­per cov­er­age be­moan­ing such dis­grace­ful be­hav­iour.

We would be vil­i­fied for act­ing in such a cretinously stupid man­ner and rightly so, be­cause there is no place in life – pol­i­tics or oth­er­wise – for de­lib­er­ately be­ing a moron.

Un­less you’re on the that is.

As it hap­pens UKIP held its own na­tional con­fer­ence 10 days ago and dis­ap­point­ingly for the Westminster com­men­ta­tors, it

left, IN­TOL­ER­ANT: De­mon­stra­tors

at Tory bash all went off with­out a hitch. That meant the usual sus­pects from the Lon­don media were un­able to rip into us be­cause we held a ma­ture, well-re­ceived gath­er­ing of party mem­bers.

So why aren’t they tear­ing into the un­washed pro­tes­tors in Manch­ester?

One of the many lu­di­crous charges lev­elled at mem­bers of my party is one of “big­otry”.

Let’s talk about that, shall we? As it seems to be a word the left uses a great deal whilst clearly hav­ing no idea what it ac­tu­ally means.

So let me help them out. The fol­low­ing is the dic­tionary def­i­ni­tion of the word “bigot”: A per­son who is ob­sti­nately or in­tol­er­antly de­voted to his or her own opin­ions and prej­u­dices.

Or in other words: Ev­ery sin­gle foul-mouthed, egg-sling­ing thug cur­rently lit­ter­ing the streets out­side that con­fer­ence hall in Manch­ester.

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