No political ambitions

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I KNEW my letter referring to Gavin Aitchison’s “Demonising The Poor” column would result in derogatory comments on the Press website but this time I really have touched a raw nerve.

The usual trolls are getting very agitated.

The ever-predictable Buzz Lightyear claims my letter was intended to further my own political ends. Strange because I didn’t know I had political ambitions.

Having already collected my bus pass it is a bit late for a career change and I have no desire to climb that greasy pole. Interestingly, however, a number of people have asked me to stand as an independent because they are fed up with traditional party politics.

For the record I again point out the following:

I am not, and never have been, a politician;

I am not, and never have been, a member or active supporter of any political party;

I do not subscribe to any political doctrine;

I am a free thinker and consider all issues on an individual basis;

I make all my comments openly under my own name and I do not hide behind pseudonyms;

I make my own mind up about issues and I tell it like it is.

Matthew Laverack, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York.

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2:22pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

What to say?
How many other website commentators have made the jump from virtual to print and had their name mentioned on the letters page as often as Buzz Lightyear?


Mr Laverack resorts to playing the victim (something I mentioned I'd observed a couple of weeks ago) - instead of responding to the valid points raised by commentators he takes those comments as "derogatory" and acts offended.
I've read back the comments on his original letter and there's nothing insulting or offensive, especially written under my name.
Readers can see again for themselves here:
http://www.yorkpress
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ersletters/10909427.
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Seeing as Mr Laverack seems to enjoy writing letters to the Press, perhaps next time he would like to respond appropriately to the valid criticisms of his letter.

The ever-predictable Buzz Lightyear claims my letter was intended to further my own political ends. Strange because I didn’t know I had political ambitions.

As Mr Laverack well knows, there is a world of difference between personal political ends and the ambitions of a career politician. I said nothing about the latter - please don't put words in my mouth.
The faux-naivete schtick doesn't wash here any more than it did in the original letter.

As for "agitating the trolls" and "hitting raw nerves" people just comment on here to pass the time and have a laugh. We aren't the ones writing to the Press with a full personal declaration of defence - it looks very much the other way around, Mr L.

And speaking of personal declarations... This letter has 14 instances of the word "I" and 8 instances of "me" or "my"
Funny how poverty has been forgotten and suddenly the topic of discussion now focuses on an architect of this parish.
Hmmmmm.....
What to say? How many other website commentators have made the jump from virtual to print and had their name mentioned on the letters page as often as Buzz Lightyear? Mr Laverack resorts to playing the victim (something I mentioned I'd observed a couple of weeks ago) - instead of responding to the valid points raised by commentators he takes those comments as "derogatory" and acts offended. I've read back the comments on his original letter and there's nothing insulting or offensive, especially written under my name. Readers can see again for themselves here: [quote]http://www.yorkpress .co.uk/features/read ersletters/10909427. Smith___s_credit_sys tem_doesn___t_benefi t_anyone/[/quote] Seeing as Mr Laverack seems to enjoy writing letters to the Press, perhaps next time he would like to respond appropriately to the valid criticisms of his letter. [quote]The ever-predictable Buzz Lightyear claims my letter was intended to further my own political ends. Strange because I didn’t know I had political ambitions.[/quote] As Mr Laverack well knows, there is a world of difference between personal political ends and the ambitions of a career politician. I said nothing about the latter - please don't put words in my mouth. The faux-naivete schtick doesn't wash here any more than it did in the original letter. As for "agitating the trolls" and "hitting raw nerves" people just comment on here to pass the time and have a laugh. We aren't the ones writing to the Press with a full personal declaration of defence - it looks very much the other way around, Mr L. And speaking of personal declarations... This letter has 14 instances of the word "I" and 8 instances of "me" or "my" Funny how poverty has been forgotten and suddenly the topic of discussion now focuses on an architect of this parish. Hmmmmm..... Buzzz Light-year
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12:29pm Sun 5 Jan 14

CaroleBaines says...

Strange letter. It is like Mr Laverack will not brook any view but his own. One can disagree with somebody without being an internet troll and in my opinion, Gavin's article was excellent.
Strange letter. It is like Mr Laverack will not brook any view but his own. One can disagree with somebody without being an internet troll and in my opinion, Gavin's article was excellent. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 33

9:31am Mon 6 Jan 14

The Great Buda says...

You've caught one there Buz, best throw him back in though. He's just a little tiddler after all.
You've caught one there Buz, best throw him back in though. He's just a little tiddler after all. The Great Buda
  • Score: 13

10:45am Mon 6 Jan 14

Zetkin says...

Bus Pass? Out of MY taxes? To subsidise a man who spends half the year on the other side of the world?

For shame!
Bus Pass? Out of MY taxes? To subsidise a man who spends half the year on the other side of the world? For shame! Zetkin
  • Score: 22

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