I tend to agree. Speakers' corner is a debating area not a 'let's all agree and fawn over every statement'tank and if one cannot accept disagreement one should not post. Any debate will stand or fall on it's own or it's originators' merits.
I feel that there are some people that think of forums as a release from the real world when they are merely an extension. There are plenty of back-slapping forums around where everyone is saccharine nice to each other and fawns over every posting. If that is what people want then fine. I cannot see why people get upset when there is a disagreement and when the original poster cannot or does not want to defend themselves. If a poster can post a loquacious statement then surely they can rise to the defence when criticised? Sweeping statements by 'sensitive' people are just that.
These people need to grow up and visit the Houses of Parliament, the Oxford Union or any local planning committee if they want to see what disagreement is about. It seems to come as a surprise that anyone on a forum can disagree with statements and I start to cringe when the words 'my cyberfriends' are used as though we should all agree with each other just because we can use computers to post to forums.
Looking on th ebright side, at least it has given some the courage to vent their annoyance on other forums.