One John Colman has demanded the right of reply to something Alf posted so long ago he had forgotten it. He imagines his constituents in Eketahuna North had forgotten it too.
The original item dealt with this Colman feller’s contretemps with the Brethren Church and our legal system and with some of the more robust language he could pull from his colourful vocabulary.
Alf is happy to give Colman his right of reply, but not exactly the way Colman expressed it. He has excised some of the naughty words (exercising his editorial prerogative) and one or two bits of Colman’s story that might land him or Alf in further trouble with the law.
He further points out that Colman won’t win Alf’s sympathy by describing him and Mrs Grumble as dickheads.
But as the constituents of Eketahuna North would tell him, Alf is a fair-minded fellow and willing to allow him his right of reply.