Comment 14342

By highwater (registered) | Posted November 22, 2007 at 14:37:39

By all means let's stop demonizing those who hold opposing opinions.

You have used words to describe your opponents such as "cunning", "ruthless", and "evil genius". You have accused them of "lurking in the darkness of cyberspace and secret meetings" (secret meetings? I'm shocked, shocked!) and "discouraging progress". You are entitled to tell your story as you see fit in my opinion, but you can't be too surprised when people answer you back in equally strong terms.

It's no fun to be on the receiving of a 'smear'. When it happens to me I look back at what I've said to see what my motivations might have been, if I could have expressed myself differently, or if I should have provided real evidence to back up my assertions. But hey, you're a politician! Surely you are immune to the hard knocks by now. The comments here aren't vetted so it might get a little rough at times, but the majority of commenters are civil so I hope you won't be dissuaded from coming here often.

While we're on the topic of not demonizing people, can we lose the strawman argument that red hill and aerotropolis opponents are against progress and development? As you can see from Ryan's comments above, and from the whole raison d'etre of this site, nothing could be further from the truth. Just as you have studies backing up your particular view of development, there are loads of studies and successful models backing up alternative views. It is a tiresome meme that is long past it's 'sell by' date, and you do your arguments no favours when you make such demonstrably false assertions.

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