Letters: Malcolm Cox, March 21, 2017

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I am happy to respond to J Prendergast (Lynn News, February 24).

Like so many pointless replies, John, you refer to personal details which are irrelevant, such as my former occupation. On the other hand I must apologise for misspelling your surname. This error arose from my clumsy snipping out of that “pointless” letter. The letter is pointless in that it calls for readers to comment on the content not the personality of the writer. I guess you do not grasp irony as in anything you have written about me or others you are guilty of this. You should also note that on substantive issues (accuracy of historical quotes or well documented evidence) I never write without checking my sources. I invite you to check on anything I have written and catch me out. It is very easy to sit on the sidelines cynically mocking all those who feel strongly about issues, especially when at national level lies and distortions fill the pages.

I ran a quick review of my letters. In the to and fro replies I note the following, “Mr Cox I thank you for a robust exchange of views” and “I thank him for his reply” or “I can always appreciate a well argued case”, “I’ll give 8 out of 10 for his reply” and there is one from me wishing our Tory MP “Seasons greetings.” As you have raised my previous occupation I am bound to say that it has left me with an appreciation of precise language. To close with a sporting reference, “The first mistake is to show contempt for your opponent” – Steve Davis, snooker champion and former Conservative stalwart.

Malcolm Cox

Terrington St Clement