Letter: Malcolm Cox November 7, 2017
Frau Cox nearly choked on her prosecco on reading Edward Wheatley’s latest defence of the indefensible (“Selective quotes and misquotes” Lynn News, October 24).
She especially enjoyed the bit about “heavy handed sarcasm.” She points out that you have promoted me, Edward, I am now a “second rate schoolmaster.” On the subject of education, I recall your mockery of me teaching within the public sector, you boasted proudly of something better for your own children. Amusingly your use of “schoolmaster” probably speaks volumes. I never was one of those, simply a “school teacher” whose core value remains, show respect for all even if they do not look just like me. I do not believe I have ever relied upon highly personalised attacks. Such tactics are clearly a distraction to avoid the issues. I do lapse into humour and irony not sarcasm, which you seem to miss.
Indeed so much of your reply is predictably of the usual obfuscation, deftly ignoring the issues. I note that you sidestep that recurring issue, “bye bye Slovakian hello Bangladeshi.” I repeat it makes no difference to me. It is clear that all your views are coloured by your dislike, bordering on paranoia of the EU.
I note that you have amended your original tone to one of blaming politicians rather than foreigners themselves. If non-native Britons are here legally that is fine by me. On the Jo Rust quote, I suspect that nuance may be the issue but, of course, she speaks for herself.
Concerning us lefties and our “morally superior tone”, you obviously missed my line in that reply to Gerry Byrne. “A conservative viewpoint is of course quite legitimate.” Likewise you presumably missed my civilised exchanges with UKIP’s Mr Hannay. I am grateful however to you for introducing me to yet another acronym, the ESWIs (English, Scots, Welsh, Irish). Incidentally you will know that our “Celtic citizens” – “indigenous Britons” voted mostly to remain in the EU.