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No reasoning with odious Irving. 

By MITCHELL SYMONS. 

7 June 2002
The Express

(c) Copyright Express Newspapers 2002

DAVID IRVING poses as a historian but he is an antisemitic polemicist.
He is embarking on a lecture tour of Britain in an attempt to recoup
some of the money he lost bringing a libel action against Deborah
Lipstadt, who had accused him of denying the Holocaust. 

He claims: "Freedom of speech is under severe threat at the moment and
I think it's important for me to get out and speak to people directly."


Leaving aside the thought that his idol Hitler didn't exactly value
freedom of speech, I would use that very same freedom to urge people to
stay away. Don't go along thinking that you can reason with him as he
is beyond reason and redemption: I should know, I tried and failed.
Even in the face of irrefutable evidence, he assured me that there was
no systematic programme of extermination at Auschwitz. 

With odious creeps like Irving it is always hard to balance the
importance of alerting the public to his plans against the danger of
giving him the publicity that he so craves. I hope this will be the
last time I ever write about this pariah. Let him live and die in the
social and financial penury he so richly deserves. 

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