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    capt spaulding wrote:
    Buzz Light-year wrote: 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.
    Im sure your right Buzz but your effigy didnt get pride of place on the Lord Mayors Walk Gibbet for no reason.
    Yeah funny you should mention that, I'd say it was equal billing rather than pride of place. Weird as it was.

    Funny how easy it seems to be to ignore all the times I've agreed with Mr L's letters on these pages.

    Trying to agitate readers, going to the trouble of nailing effigies to the outside of your shop, singling people out - it says a lot more about the author than the so-called critics.

    Not sure there even are any actual direct critics to be honest.
    Maybe Mr L enjoys the notoriety, perhaps he gets off on the criticism?
    This letter would suggest so.
    The search box might do so too."
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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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