Make no mistake, Eilis is the best
Sir -- I buy the Sunday Independent to read Eilis O'Hanlon. I am a big fan. It pains me, therefore, to see that in last Sunday's article (Sunday Independent, June 26, 2011), in which she extols the merits of the Northern Ireland education system, she declares, "It would be hard to underestimate the influence of such grammar schools for the Catholic population of the North."
I take it that she means that it would be hard to overestimate such influence. I would normally refrain from pointing out such an inaccuracy from a newspaper journalist, on the basis that (a) such occurrences are too numerous to get involved with, and (b) if I were to receive a response at all, it would undoubtedly be to accuse me of being a "pedant" for expecting accuracy in written English from a journalist. It is a form of compliment to Eilis, therefore, that I take her to task on the issue, believing that she will appreciate the comment/ correction rather than resent it in the customary manner of those who believe that it is acceptable to make illogical statements with impunity.
Keep up the good work Eilis -- I'm still your number one fan!