Come on Mary! Fair does!

Having read Mary Reid’s criticism of the Conservative opposition’s attitude to the 2008-09 Budget, I wrote a considered reply as a comment on her blog. This was last Thursday. I note she hasn’t published it, yet she has published a comment on part of the Leader of the Opposition’s speech from someone called ‘Joe’, who charmingly describes my Leader as a ‘dumbass’.

Some of us are interested in genuine debate, not crude abuse.

About pauljohnston

Elected as Conservative councillor in Surbiton Hill, Kingston upon Thames in 1998. Re-elected 2002 and 2006. Former parliamentary candidate in Lancashire and Birmingham. Ceased to be a Councillor (temporarily?) in 2010. Active among Residents' Associations in Surbiton Hill and among residents in social housing generally. Former teacher of History at St. Brendan's College Bristol and Head of History and Politics at the London Oratory School. Worked with Sutton Trust running summer schools for sixth formers at Oxford University from 1997-2000 aiming to improve uptake of places from pupils from state schools which sent very few applicants to Oxbridge.
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2 Responses to Come on Mary! Fair does!

  1. Mary Reid says:


    I’ve only just seen this, so I’m sorry I haven’t replied before.

    I’m afraid something must have gone wrong with the comment you sent because it hasn’t appeared for approval. Can you send it again? – I promise I’ll put it up. And drop me an email if it happens again.

    I always post comments, unless they are offensive. Amd I agree, that word isn’t up to usual standards. I wish we had a mechanism for bleeping out words. Anyway I’ve now deleted the offending comment.

  2. pauljohnston says:

    I can remember the gist if not the whole actual comment. I shall repost over the weekend.

    I am grateful for the editing of the offensive remark. I thought it was not your style to give people free rein to be abusive of others on your blog.

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