A short letter on a big issue

WHEN people ask about what they should do when they are writing letters to newspapers, the common advice is to get your point or points across as precisely and concisely as possible.

If the length drags on, some readers might not even embark on your letter. All your hard work and dutifully argued points could go by unnoticed while a short, sharp shock from somebody else is lapped up by all. Former Camden councillor John Lipetz highlights that skill of brevity today as he adds his name to a letter in The Guardian (alongside Stefan Simanowitz):

If Scotland becomes independent at least the idea of HS2 being extended to Glasgow could be scrapped.

Seventeen words and I don’t think there is much doubt about how John feels.

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