Clash of the Titans: Rod Liddle calls Piers Morgan a halfwit

Clash of the Titans: Rod Liddle calls Piers Morgan a halfwit
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Piers Morgan's claim in the Daily Mail that the Prime Minister of Israel’s reaction to the  terror attacks in Denmark 'is a disgrace' has caught the attention of Mr S's colleague Rod Liddle.

Liddle writes in defence of Benjamin Netanyahu in this week's Spectator, arguing that Netanyahu's offer of Israeli sanctuary to Jews should not be ridiculed. He also finds time to level a few insults at Morgan, whose face apparently 'resembles a puckered anus'.

'The bien-pensant attacks on Netanyahu were epitomised by the idiotic Piers Morgan, writing in the Daily Mail. I suppose one should not be surprised about what emanates from a man with a face which so closely resembles a puckered anus. Remember 9/11, Morgan wrote: many Jews were killed on that day. But that didn’t herald a mass emigration to Israel. We all stood together, united against extremist violence!

Oh, you sap, you halfwit. How can you not see that what is happening now is of a different order entirely? The number of anti-Semitic attacks rising exponentially. Drongo jihadis opening fire on synagogues and Jewish shops — not on Israeli embassies, not on Netanyahu, but on ordinary Jews. Can you imagine the response from the politicians if these sorts of attacks had been committed by white Christians against Muslims? Or indeed by Christians against Jews? And yet when it happens to be Muslims murdering Jews there is no great furore about this fact; instead it is swept to one side: simply a case of ‘extremists’ versus ‘ordinary people’. '

Will Morgan respond to Liddle's claim that he is a halfwit?

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