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A reader writes:

When you compare Jorg Haider to figures like Larry Craig, Ted Haggard etc. you overlook one important aspect: While Haider was a populist who relentlessly polemicised against almost every minority, he never, ever appealed to homophobia. That he was gay or at least bisexual was an open secret among Austrian journalists, but since he was not a bigod in that respect, his sexual orientation was regarded as a private matter - rightly in my book.

For me, Haider was a vile figure (although calling him a neo-fascist is a bit of a stretch), but this aspect of his life was beyond reproach. That he stayed (at least for the public at large) in the closet is regrettable, but in the end not my (or anybody's) business.

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