Insults and Emotional Blackmail

Provocation by the Plymouth Herald

An editorial making it very clear that the staff of the Plymouth Herald support lockdowns. There is nothing wrong with that, but the title of the editorial is “Pay up – or face the shame of court”, and the Plymouth Herald makes it very clear that they will publish the names of anyone who refuses to pay the fine for attending a party in Spindle Crescent, Plympton.

Slightly more subtle than a visit from a gangster telling you that it would be a shame if your house burnt down, but a clear threat to mobilise public opinion to punish you more than the law currently allows.

The insults include, but are not limited to, crazy, blatant stupidity, and selfish. The emotional blackmail is not actually part of the editorial, but a full-page advert featuring a photogenic lady with covid-19 and an invitation to look her in the eyes and tell her you never bend the rules.




My Response

Fifty years of campaigning for human rights has convinced me that those who resort to insults and emotional blackmail never have a rational argument to support their opinion.

I am aware that insulting people who break the law is socially acceptable, but your editorial (“Pay up or face the shame of court”, February 1st) was about as subtle as a brick through the window.

The emotional blackmail is not directly your fault, but you are under no obligation to accept the tear jerking advertisements from the NHS inviting you to look into the eyes of a dying woman and tell her you never break the law.

It is my firm opinion that our current laws do so much damage to the common good that they could only be justified by a disease with a mortality rate much greater than the mortality rate for covid-19, and I suspect that a good many people agree with me.


Are these letters doing any good?

Well, I like to think so, because they have certainly been seen by at least one person at the Plymouth Herald, and the staff of the Plymouth Herald are just as human as the rest of us.

It is extremely likely that some of the unpublished letters are passed around the office by those who agree with the sentiments in them.

It also make me feel that I am doing something constructive to make the world a better place.

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