Visually challenged throw down gauntlet
Speccy geek offers McCarthy outside
Resident whippersnapper Kieren McCarthy continues to cause trouble with his inflammatory prose. This week it's the visually challenged who are after his blood. John Buckley writes in the 'no-one likes a joke more then me and my wife' style:
I read the Reg regularly and normally enjoy your coverage and humour. However I really think that you can go too far sometimes. I realise you are trying to be funny with your article, but I do take offense at your language. The phrase 'speccy twats' I find particularly unpalatable. If you want to be funny fine, but don't use offensive language or take swipes at ridiculous stereotypes just for cheap laughs. You can do better than that!
Actually he can't. But then that's why we hired him. Martin Ward also objects to Kieren's flippancy, and intends to take him to task:
So you think that VAT on specs is a funny story ? Health issues affect us all, not just Geeks.
Berating the Geek for his glasses wearing spotty tosser look may make a harmless amusing article, but as you are obviously not aware; this IMPORTANT issue affects more people in the UK than just a few IT geeks. It affects a lot of businesses; parents and in general the public who believe that HEALTHCARE should be free. Pesumably it doesn't matter if a 18 year old basic wage worker can't afford to buy essential heathcare because it doesn't directly affect you.
I take it you don't wear glasses or have to buy glassses, otherwise you wouldn't be taking the piss and would be trying to use your public expressions of arse to highlight the governments outrageous move to tax the poor and infirm.
Why don't you show your non glasses wearing face around here, and while i'm 'explaining' to you that it IS an important issue and not a free dig at others mis-fortune; you can whine about how you didn't mean it to be taken so seriously.
P.S. I'll even take mine off to give you a headstart you Media Lovie.
To set the record straight, McCarthy is as blind as a bat. You might not know it to look at him - that's because he wears contact lenses. Yes, you're right, it's personal vanity, but trust me without considerable assistance in the old eye department he stumbles around the office crashing over desks to a chorus of 'put your glasses on McCarthy you speccy twat.' So now you know.