Wow, okay. Errm, right. Well first of all, thankyou, person from Manchester, for your comment. Let's have a look at it in more detail. Your comments in bold, my responses...oh, I guess you know all this already.
And where is it writ that all letters expressing a view should be helpful?
I believe that a letter into a paper, ABOUT THE AFGHANISTAN WAR, should be helpful, in the sense that it should be a point that has been missed in the (lengthy) debate so far. This is not helpful, in this particular context. "But Ewar, he's just airing his view, it's his right!". Yes, my friend, it is. But it's also my right to say what I think about it. It's called free speech. It's called democracy. It's something that I hold dearly, and you should as well. That's why I published your comment, and am now highlighting it - I don't agree with what you say, but I'll die fighting on your behalf to get it aired.
Tim, this endless Smart-Alec criticism, the ad hominem attacks, just expose you for the shallow non-thinker you really are.
How dare you. Seriously. HOW DARE YOU describe Tim Lovejoy as "shallow" and a "non-thinker". I'm not having that. Criticise me all you want, not him. I am Ewarwoowar, for your information. I am half-man, half-badger. Considering how badly bullied I've been throughout my life - people taunting me for my badger like appearance - it is a wonder I can think at all.
It has got to stop.
No, you see, it doesn't. Goodness, I can't believe I'm having to say this yet again. I read the letters page of the Slop with a smile. I critique the letters on here whilst chuckling and trying to think up funny things/jokes that might make my band of readers, or indeed anyone else, at least smile. I certainly don't get angry, and I certainly don't stab my fingers on the keyboard, raging and shouting SCREW YOU SLARK! whilst doing all this.
Quite simply, it's just a bit of fun. If you don't like what I'm doing - that's cool. Now please stop reading. These aren't personal attacks, on anyone - I've never met these people, probably never will. I'm sure they are pleasant people. I just don't agree with them. Yes, I'm sarcastic, I'm a bit callous, I'm smart-alecy, maybe sometimes I'm a bit rude. But it's not heartfelt. Just have a laugh, yeah?
And you and your clique seek to silence them...
What clique? I have a few regular readers, but they're hardly sending me letters and egging me on. I actually resent the idea I have a clique without me knowing it, actually. Hmm, perhaps I should get a clique.
Well. From here on in, I'm watching you.
Oh, for goodness sake. Seriously? Really?
Show a little more respect to the Shropshire Star letter writers.
It depends though, doesn't it? If I pick up the paper tonight, and there is a letter in there, and it says this:
"I AM BLOODY FED UP OF BLACK PEOPLE BEING IN THIS COUNTRY! GET THEM OUT! NOW! PUT THEM ON THE BLOODY BANANA BOATS AND SHIP THEM BACK!"
then I cannot respect that. Sorry. "But Ewar, that is a silly, extreme example!" Yes, it is, I know. But the point here is that I don't HAVE to agree with every letter sent in, and I don't have to RESPECT every letter that's sent in. Once again, that is my democratic right. Good that, innit?
And if I want to make jokes about a letter sent in, why shouldn't I? You can take the piss out of my blog entries, if you want. Actually, please do that! Write a regular letter into The Slop criticising my blog - I would love that.
That's an order.
Seriously? Oh goodness, please chill out, yes? If you don't like what I write - stop visiting my blog, and go and enjoy life. PLEASE. I ask of you that because I'm worried about you. Hatred and bitterness never solved anything, and it never will. Chill out and enjoy life, okay?
I look forward to your response, and you leaving a name next time.