Without wishing to appear unduly thin skinned I cannot let the imputation conceived in the final paragraph of Mr. Purdy’s letter go unanswered.
In common with, I am sure, very many of your readers I have had a wide experience of many kinds and conditions of Britons. I cannot recall ever haying met one, who in the circumstances recounted by your correspondent, would have reacted in the manner described.
The vernacular used could hardly be considered as typically British and such an unusual retort must have been provoked, could it have been due to the manner in which Mr. Purdy offered his gratuitous advice?
Perhaps an offer of common or garden assistance might have proved more welcome!
Owen D. H. Burton.
London, S.W. 12.