Monday 22 January 2018

Selective quotes blur the facts

Madam – Your reviewer's diatribe about my book, Lone Crusader: David Thornley and the Intellectuals, employs the time-honoured device of selective quotation to try to bolster his argument.

He sneers at David for referring to himself at one stage as "a historian of some repute". David was merely stating his qualifications for saying what he was about to say.

Your reviewer writes: "The Good Friday Agreement after all signalled the end of Thornley's brand of Surrey-infused nationalism". It did nothing of the sort. It put an end to the well-meaning futility of the Sunningdale Agreement approach arranged over tea and cakes with Mrs Thatcher, entailing the total exclusion of the paramilitaries on both sides.

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