This one would have been an easy one for me. Left or right, it doesn't matter. I have two key questions when this crops up:
- Is someone criticising an argument, or a person? I don't have a problem when somebody finds things wrong with a particular argument that's being presented, but when they tell me what I should think of their opponent, then I turn off. In much the same vein,
- Is someone arguing the merits of their own argument, or the consequences of their opponent's? Are they telling you how good their argument is, or how bad their opponent's is?
The debate last night, by the way, just turned into a party-political squabble, with the Labour guy saying the Tories were awful, and vice versa. You get that, you turn off. I gave up watching after 5 minutes. Very disappointing again. It has been quite poor of late.