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Brickbats and bouquets

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06.10.2017

RICHARD SWAINSON

Last updated 12:07, October 6 2017

Jacindamania may not have got the Labour Party to the finish line first but it’s not over yet.

OPINION: A happy by-product of writing an opinion column are the brickbats and the bouquets that occasionally flow your way.

In a sense it matters not which.

A letter to the editor may contradict or indicate the correspondent has missed or twisted one's point but that is always secondary to the fact that its writer read the column in the first place.

A missive of praise, whether sent privately or intended for publication, strokes the ego a great deal but feet should forever be anchored to the ground. You are not engaged to necessarily change minds, still less as part of a popularity contest.

Prior to the general election I wrote a piece that took its lead from a Labour Party rally. It was a dispatch on Jacindamania, reporting on the rapturous reception accorded the new leader as much as the woman herself. The angle I used was a personal one. I expressed delight that the party's policy on tertiary funding corresponded to that enjoyed by my generation some three........

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