It is the manner of your attack which demeans you. It is nasty, brutish and pusillanimous. It is also unfair. Tom is a high-minded man given to careful thought and utter sincerity of utterance. His deep respect for his fellow men and women is well documented. He is a man not to be sneered at. You are a disputatious fellow, Mr Slocum: the ferocity of your indignation speaks more loudly than, and undermines, any case you have to make. I suspect you know perfectly well that freedom of expression is enshrined in UK law. Don’t be silly. I cannot return your good wishes, ironically or otherwise. I hope you will be forensically dismantled.