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  • "I notice Mr L uses the word "anonymous" to describe his critics.
    Something that he has often been bothered about and something jma1982 is bothered about too.

    Radio 4 has been playing a series of programmes called "Belle de Jour's History of Anon"
    Highly recommended listening. Check it on iplayer.

    Jane Austen, the Brontes, Jonathan Swift all used it.
    It has allowed and continues to allow people their right to speak out against oppressive political regimes, the Arab Spring being the obvious.

    Anonymity has held a valid place in many contexts for a long time and rightfully still does today."
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Critical reception

First published in Letters by

I HAVE a New Year message for all those anonymous critics who regularly attack me on The Press website following any article or letter in which I feature.

Thank you. The more agitated you become, the more I know my comments are successfully hitting home.

It is your continued and predictable reaction which will encourage me to carry on my contributions throughout 2013.

Matthew Laverack, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York.

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