I have an admission: prior to joining the New Statesman in June, I disliked Iain Dale.
It didn't end well, either.
Iain, you can remain a slave to political opinion. James [Macintyre] and I prefer to lead it.
Well, you've got to laugh, haven't you? This was a reference to their view, expressed by Macintyre yesterday that Labour will win the next election. Apparently, according to Hasan, I expect them to conform to the prevailing wisdom. Actually, that's not the case, but neither have they ever articulated proper reasons for holding that view, beyond a partisan belief.
Hasan also alleges...
Since the Kaminski row, Dale has turned on the New Statesman, and on James Macintyre and me.
Er, not true. I have merely pointed out falsehoods and inaccuracies in their coverage of the Kaminski issue, just as I have with other publications and journalists.
For the record, I liked Mehdi Hasan when I met him and I have also praised James Macintyre's interviews. But I don't resile from the fact that I think their coverage of Westminster coverage is not up to the mark of their predecessor's. And I know I am not alone in that. Virtually everyone I know on the left thinks so too. So they shouldn't be so precious about a bit of harmless and well-intentioned criticism.
Doesn't look like I'll be gracing the New Statesman's pages any time soon, does it? :)