Use­ful polemic with Ogun­s­eye

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Dear Ed­i­tor, Polemic is use­ful when it leads to pos­i­tive out­comes, and I be­lieve that my quar­rel with Mr. Tacuma Ogun­s­eye falls into this cat­e­gory. I now un­der­stand that he was not at­tempt­ing to jus­tify the gov­ern­ment’s not pro­ceed­ing with con­sti­tu­tional re­form and shared gover­nance but has merely shifted the venue of his strug­gle to­wards a more in­di­vid­ual ‘in­ter­ac­tion with ac­tivists and non-ac­tivists’.

In my most re­cent Fu­ture Notes, I stated that in modern party or­gan­i­sa­tions mem­bers have a right, if not a duty, to chide their or­gan­i­sa­tions for not be­hav­ing in a prin­ci­pled man­ner, and one must ad­mit that on other is­sues Mr. Ogun­s­eye has been reg­u­larly do­ing so in re­la­tion to the coali­tion. I had no idea that he is not only an im­por­tant mem­ber of one of the par­ties in the group but is suf­fi­ciently close to coali­tion oper­a­tions to be sub­jected to the kind of ‘col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity’ that is con­sti­tu­tion­ally ex­pected of a min­is­ter of gov­ern­ment.

Tacuma, I was not at­tempt­ing to get you to fight like me, only to fight, and now I know you are still there on­wards to vic­tory.

Yours faith­fully, Henry B Jef­frey

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