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The Northland Age - - Opinion - CP RD3 Kaitaia T GLASSON Kaikohe DEN­NIS FITZGER­ALD Mel­bourne

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.

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