There was probably always going to be a degree of inevitability that, with the rise and popularity of the online edition of this newspaper, I was going to end up with my very own internet ‘troll’.
Every Sunday this column goes online, and my opinions attract a number of comments, which is brilliant – all feedback, either positive or negative, is good, and people engaging in debate is what’s it all about.
However, among the comments it appears I’ve attracted the attention of an individual who goes by the pen name of ‘The Count’.
Whether it’s Donald Trump, the Aquarena, New Year’s Eve celebrations or the future of Christmas cards, the Count’s contributions are rarely on-topic but instead involve personal slurs, at times including close friends of mine.
So who is The Count? Could he actually be a Countess? Perish the thought it might be Mrs Hart!
His latest sortie on the net is as a result of last week’s column, when I asked the alleged funeral thief to the decent thing, to which The Count very imaginatively asked me to do the same thing and ‘clear off’.
Like everyone, I have my flaws. But I always strive, whenever possible, to do the decent thing.
If The Count has that much of a problem with me perhaps he should the do decent and adult thing and come out from behind his keyboard and address any personal issues he might have with me.
To finish on a positive, a footnote to last week’s column, a former client of mine and Herald reader felt so strongly about the events described in the column that he made an anonymous £50 donation to Worthing Hospital League of Friends, which was the chosen charity of the lady who passed away.
An act of generosity and kindness which highlights that, ultimately, there are far more good people out there than bad.
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