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28 August 2016, 14:53
Maajid's Remarkable Row With Peter Hitchens Over Drugs
This is remarkable: a ferocious row between Maajid Nawaz and Peter Hitchens that started off angry and went downhill from there.
This is the remarkable row between Maajid Nawaz and Peter Hitchens live on LBC.
The Mail On Sunday columnist was furious right from the beginning of the interview - and just got angrier and angrier as the discussion went on.
Mr Hitchens labelled Maajid "ignorant" and "moronic" after he suggested that cannabis causes less harm than alcohol and so should be regulated.
The interview started off angry - as Mr Hitchens accuses Maajid at length of not letting him speak and then refuses to even let the host ask him any questions.
The interview continued with the columnist raising his voice more and more, but when he suggested that gangsters selling drugs is no worse than businesses regulating it, Maajid wouldn't let him get away with it.
Maajid said: "Come on Peter, cynical businessmen make money, they don't kill people, that's an absurd thing you've just said.
"Now it's my turn to tell you that you've said something moronic."
Watch the remarkable clash above - and see below for Maajid's monologue that so infuriated Peter.
The Maajid Nawaz Monologue That Left Peter Hitchens Fuming
This is Maajid Nawaz's take on decriminalising drugs that left Peter Hitchens fuming.