Monitor has been slow to respond to Julie Burchill's Wednesday column (and accompanying picture) in the Independent -- because we just couldn't bring ourselves to. A more vile, twisted, sick, grotesque and hateful piece is hard to imagine. Why publish such a thing? What is this really all about? Back to Brendan O'Neill, obviously. There are dark subconscious forces at play here -- not dissimilar from those stirred up in America against Muslims. Poor Burchill, to be in the grip of such a thing.