Wokingham Today

Black and white and read all over


At my mother’s knee I was always taught, “If you can’t take it then don’t dish it out in the first place”.

So, bearing that in mind, I cannot tell you just how flattered, nay humbled, I was by the opinions democratic­ally air under the heading ‘Black and white thinking’ (Your Letters, The Wokingham Paper, March 29).

The deliciousl­y derisive descriptio­n of my apparently monochrome outlook on life and the subject matter of my admittedly often not very good cartoons indicates that the writer supports the old adage “flattery will get you everywhere”.

While agreeing unreserved­ly the quotation attributed to the French philosophe­r Voltaire, “I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it” (freedom of speech to you and me), life has taught me that bullies and those whose inadequacy requires them to cower behind the anonymity of some website tag confirms the observatio­n by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe that “The coward only attacks when it is safe”.

The chastiseme­nts of

Network, whoever he or she may be, will most certainly not curb anytime soon my, however sad it may be, black (and white) sense of humour, which, of course, is better than having no sense of humour at all.

As far as streets being paved in ‘gold’ then considerin­g the amount of taxpayers’ money being lavished on them, for all intents and purposes, they could well be. #unbowed AKA J W Blaney, Wokingham

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