Tory blogger Iain Dale has had enough:
The campaign against William Hague on the Guido Fawkes blog is nothing short of reprehensible. The lies, smears and innuendo are pathetic.
I think he's right about that.
However, Dale knows Staines considerably better than I do, and is happy to vouch that his fellow blogger is not homophobic. That is reassuring.
This does, though, present Dale with the challenge of finding a formula which can somehow reconcile that knowledge of Staines' character with the Fawkes' blogs active encouragement and celebration of pretty vile homophobic abuse which is consistently published in the comments threads of the blog.
Guido Fawkes is not a homophobe, but the way he is writing about this allows those who think he is homophobic to confirm their own prejudices.
Hate the sin and not the sinner! And there is some tricky logic around evidence-based prejudice there.
But, since Iain Dale here demonstrates a generosity of spirit, let us all hope that the Guido Fawkes blog does not (continue to) cross that line.