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A new breed of ‘offence archaeologists’ waging war on anyone holding dissenting views, says Ruth Dudley Edwards

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Protesters throw statue of Edward Colston into Bristol harbour during a Black Lives Matter protest rally

Protesters throw statue of Edward Colston into Bristol harbour during a Black Lives Matter protest rally

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Protesters throw statue of Edward Colston into Bristol harbour during a Black Lives Matter protest rally

What sort of decrepit rock did you climb from under you absolutely hideous harridan?” tweeted one of my critics last week. “You’re in favour of all things wrong in society (statues of horrible b*****ds of history).”

This chap is a member of the Shinnerbot army that stalks its enemies with the aim of intimidating them off social media.

They are finding me particularly annoying at the moment, for these days they are fanatically “progressive” on almost all issues — and to my usual crimes of being in favour of free speech and opposed to political violence and the bullying of people with unfashionable views. I applaud the writer JK Rowling for endorsing the truth that there is a difference between a biological woman and anyone who just self-identifies as female.