Sylvia Bryan’s wee rant (Noms de plume, letter March 29) said my previous letter was weak in content, and yet her letter lacked any content at all in support of that accusation.
And whilst Sylvia’s view of noms de plume is certainly hers, or anyone’s, to hold if they so wish, her presumptuous personal attack seemed quite petulant. But I guess it was easier than applying rational criticism to the actual content of my letter.
But National has long abandoned their principles, enthusiastically supporting it, even by the ex-police MPs. I’d like to know what their wives would think.
Darroch Ball was pointing out the Alan Turing case, trying to draw a parallel. Turing was a hero, breaking the Nazi Enigma Code, and had a short, harmless affair. The ones they are talking about and trying to glorify hung around churches, boys’ homes and public conveniences, trying to entrap victims.
This is far from my favourite subject, and like a retired solicitor said recently when praising your good paper, “I don’t usually write this sort of thing.” miss the latest Twitter from some Twit or an Instagram photo of the perfect breakfast. Our lives would lose meaning — well, actually it might gain some meaning.
Perhaps the Ecuadorian embassy should allow him incoming messages only. He has raised awareness, confronted a number of issues, and maybe carried the torch of truth, but it is time for him to come out and sort out his own life first.