From Summer 2006 Issue
Those Letters Make A Difference
Yes, Judi, you certainly know how to stir some feathers. I
congratulate you on your militance even if it makes some editors quake
concerning repercussions that might follow. Nevertheless, Readers Views
are frequently the first page to which many turn to out of personal
interest. They want to know what members of the rank and file think, And
both news editors as well as an en enlightened readership realise: all
that is necessary for evil to succeed is that ‘respectable’ folk do
nothing Indeed, for our future humanity, our unborn children – yes, and
the animals: our brothers and sisters with whom we share this planet –
folk must learn to put their pens to paper. Each newspaper worth its
salt welcomes readers’ views, and their effect can be nothing short of
I’ve had the honour to appear on TV four times since January. What an
honour. Yet each time – being only human – I ask myself: ‘I wonder how
it came across! I only wish I’d said this and left that out!’ Yes, and
especially when – like the last interview on the Heaven & Earth Show it
happened to be live. Admittedly, on such occasions I think of Christ’s
words of comfort to the apostles: “Fear not for it shall be given you in
that very hour just what you must say”. But even then, being truly human
a spirit of doubting Thomas can so easily creep subtly within.
Consequently, to receive totally unexpected letters of encouragement
from dedicated animal activists – not least, Joan Court of Cambridge -
saying: “you came across wonderfully” – seemed as if such correspondence
had been penned by a messenger from Heaven.
Then, my brothers and sisters, let us write letters to the press and
politicians; or, at the very least, let us write letters of
encouragement to the many Judi Hewitts of our region as they stick their
necks out high for such a noble and altruistic cause. Yes, and how about
one to dear Wetherspoons whose food and ale are considerably reasonable.
I found that on a recent menu they are proud to tell customers that all
the eggs they use are free range; and all the milk they use is organic.
Well, ‘three cheers for Wetherspoons’ where I’m always happy to purchase
a veggie meal and a pint of ‘The Reverend James’ with which to wash it
down. Incidentally, I think they should give me a discount on the latter
ale brewed in Wales, but they never do!
Go on to A Most Relevant Gospel
Passage To Ponder
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