The advantages of anonymity

2nd July 2010 at 01:00

"Name and address supplied" (May 28) should feel chuffed to have elicited a response from Brian Boyd. For the past three years, we have been trying to contact him to cast his expert eye over our award-winning contribution to Curriculum for Excellence, but Professor Boyd has proved to be an expert body-swerver. You have to give it to him: he does talk a good game.

It seems to me that he is so far removed from the coalchalk interface that he actually thinks that "name and address supplied" is cloaking himherself in anonymity as a shield against Professor Boyd's ire.

I would suggest that the author of the letter is protecting himherself against the possible backlash for voicing dissent in the ranks; for, as Professor Boyd acknowledges, that is what happens when one dares "to criticise policy and practice". I wholeheartedly agree that the result is "unpleasant and not a little threatening".

Basia Gordon, Herbert Street, Glasgow.

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