To quote Robbie Burns:

Scotland's favourite son, poet Robbie Burns, 1759–1796 (image:

Oh wad some power the giftie gie us
To see oursel’s as others see us!
It wad frae monie a blunder free us,
And foolish notion.

With appreciation to Steve Goodey for offering me a gift this week. I mean it. Thanks for the feedback.

Steve still hasn’t published my 31 August comment in reply to his ‘smear smite and bash’ post about … a full five days later, it’s probably a lost cause.

So I guess in Steve Goodey-speak “I’d really like to hear your opinion” … translates as “I’d really like to hear your opinion unless you’re Peter Aranyi (or you disagree with me)”?

That’s a pity — and contrasts with the approach I try to take with critics (even ‘Anonymous 3.27am‘ and ‘Slapper’) — which has no doubt been influenced by my background and experience. Refer to my former ‘Morning Report’ colleague Kim Hill’s comments about public disagreements quoted in this post. – P