The letter took a swipe at Jo Rust was decidedly misogynistic. To suggest that I do not know the definition is so obviously silly. I suggest you read Rev Laura Baker’s “Thought for the Week” again. It is to women like Rev Laura and Jo Rust that you should apologise.
To suggest that your remark was in jest will be recognised for what it is, women have been enduring this sort of mentality for far too long. You obviously did not grasp my historical allusion (John Knox, “Monstrous Regiment of Women”). Your response is now’t but distraction.
However you can remedy this with a fulsome apology to Jo Rust and Rev Laura, in fact to women in general. My subject was misogyny, nothing more.
I have no idea why you should drag in a host of Labour politicians. I made no mention of these and as I am not a Labour Party member, I do not have any “comrades.” On the subject of the Iraq war, I got off my backside, never complacent, and protested along with thousands of others.
Over the years I have frequently asked for correspondents to substantiate their statements. Alas this rarely comes. Recent replies on Brexit have drawn blanks.
And now to another very conservative gent, this time John Docker our new regular columnist. And, hey presto, here we go again, the same lazy assumptions about all those who dissent (48 per cent a sizeable minority). Why not simply refer to us dissenters as opposing views John? Why is it necessary to reach for the usual tropes, “liberal elite” or even better “lefty luvvies.” As I am also an “old codger”, John, I am qualified to challenge, we have both put in the years, paid our taxes, earned our spurs or any other suitable metaphor. As I hobble around the garden the idea of me fitting either of the above descriptions is somewhat amusing.
Malcolm Cox, Terrington St Clement