Oh dear. My somewhat tongue in cheek letter, regarding your Rodmell and Southease Parish Pump correspondent using the column to express her personal political views, seems to have touched a nerve or two.
Having considered my letter to be a rant, she then responds with one of her own.
I must confess that I was a little startled by her story of suffering such penury, squalor, indigence and deprivation, coupled with a tale of exploitation and subjugation that would not be out of place in a Charles Dickens’ novel.
I have no wish to enter into a Monty Pythonesque exchange along the lines of how extreme are the depths one could plunge and I would remind her that into all our lives a little rain must fall, although to judge by her tale of woe, it was more in the nature of a thunderstorm.
I am afraid however, that I remain with my original point. That the Parish Pump is surely for the comings and goings of village/town life and not the place to air ones grievances and blame them on the current innocuous poor.
Alan G Baker