Matter of opinion

I WOULD like to assure Angela Innes (Letters, 26 April) that I certainly don’t see women as one homogenous group. I was, of course, describing a general orientation rather than ascribing identical views to each of us. We are as diverse in our political opinions as are men, though it may well be the case that, for politicians, we do represent a “special interest group” when elections and referendums are looming.

I was also puzzled by Gill Turner’s assertion that I suggested men are more prone to criticise others than are women, so re-read my letter carefully. Nowhere do I give the slightest hint of believing this. I agree that my choice of word could have been better, since “enticements” can suggest dishonourable intentions as well as a wish to arouse hope in others by one’s promises.

I would suggest, however, that acceptance or otherwise of the right to criticise Alex Salmond, or any other politician, is not related to gender, but to political allegiance.

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Carolyn Taylor

Gagiebank, Wellbank,

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Broughty Ferry, Dundee