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Burchill's views are ill-informed

Julie Burchill's column about Lauren Booth's conversion to Islam (Comment, October 28) provokes two debates - one real and one illusory.

The latter is the debate about whether what she said is problematic, or not. The answer is, of course, 'yes'. She ignores the diversity of opinion within Islam.

The substantial debate is about the nature of debate itself. Meaningful debate involves people who disagree, but are informed and aware the world is complicated.

Julie Burchill's column does not constitute this.

DAVID TOLLERTON

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