I really didn't want to get involved in this mud fight. Alex shouldn't have done it (there are other ways of tackling the Tories on this issue and what he did was indefensible), and I am not exactly a fan of Nadine Dorries.
But I will take exception to Dorries' comment that I suppose one wouldn’t expect anything else from the researcher of a Labour MP. I was never a researcher myself, but I was an Intern and having friends who are or have been researchers I can tell you that a lot of them are decent people who care about the people their MP represents and how this country is run. Sweeping statements like that, esp when legal issues fly in the air helps no one.
As for Alex, he is quite a passionate Labour activist. I have worked with him in Hilary Benn's campaign team for the Deputy leadership and he is a likeable person with a certain degree of genius, even if he sometimes lets his passion against the opposition get the better of him. That said, I do share his anger towards the casual racism that pervades some areas of the Conservative Party.
I sincerely hope both sides sort this out a.s.a.p. as this sort of situation serves no political benefit for Alex, Nadine Dorries, or the political parties we inhabit.