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Byline: Charlie Catchpole

FEW sights give me so much pleasure as seeing the Loopy Left trying to face in two directions at once.

I recall them hailing Robert Mugabe as a hero for deposing Ian Smith's white supremacists and bringing black majority rule to Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe.

Comrade Bob could do no wrong. He nationalised everything in sight and persecuted white farmers, driving them from their land and having many killed.

Hooray! No matter that millions of black Zimbabweans were soon starving.

You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs, can you? But to the Loopy Left's dismay, Mugabe then revealed himself as a deranged homophobe.

He ranted about homosexuals being "lower than dogs" and urged people to arrest anyone they suspected of being gay "and hand them over to the police".

David Cameron was, he said, "Satanic" for supporting gay marriage.

Oh, dear. That wasn't in the manifesto, Comrade.

Fast-forward 25 years and the Loopy Left have got themselves into an even worse tangle over their new idol, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

This smug self-satisfied dingbat from Down Under earned the admiration of all right-thinking leftists by publishing thousands of classified diplomatic cables, some of which compromised the safety of Western forces in Afghanistan.

y f , dn y fat g Now he has sought sanctuary in the London embassy of Ecuador, a tinpot banana republic whose barmy president abuses human rights by jailing dissidents and shutting down newspapers and TV stations which criticise his regime. MY mate Welsh texted me his sex-change operation other day well: "So still trying reverse out hospital car Last weekend, like some low-rent version of Evita, Assange appeared on a balcony at the embassy to rally his dwindling band of supporters with a foam-flecked diatribe against the West.

Oh, what a circus. Oh, what a show. Every circus needs a clown.

Enter Respect MP and Celebrity Big Brother pussycat George Galloway.

On his video podcast, Galloway raised something that had apparently slipped Assange's mind - the inconvenient truth that there's a warrant out for his arrest in liberal Sweden on charges of rape and sexual assault. A rape rap doesn't usually play too well among the Loopy Left (or anywhere else).

play too (o ( mate Dave to say But Galloway's take on what happened was astonishing.

h cl wms the had gone well, I'm to of the car park." One of Assange's accusers claims she had consensual sex with him but woke the next morning to find he was having sex with her again, without a condom.

se co Galloway's view was: "Not everybody needs to be asked prior to each insertion."

ev pr Lovely. The MP for Bradford West went on: "It might be really bad manners not to have tapped her on the shoulder and said 'Do you mind if I do it again?' "It might be really sordid and bad sexual etiquette but whatever else it is, it's not rape."

Bad manners. Bad sexual etiquette.

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion, Column
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Aug 26, 2012
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