A paper-collage portrait of Jac created by her long-time friend, and fellow artist, Debbie Lee
On reading Andrew Motion’s review of the book Jim Perrin’s “West:” – (Guardian 24/7/10) – we felt impelled to respond. Our first comment was removed and when we tried later we had greater success as it was more than twelve hours before it was detected and again deleted.
We have no idea how the system works and were naive enough to post a comment which, although truthful, caused offence! For our third attempt we invoked the Guardian’s famed freedom of speech. They left this up – we thanked them for it – although they did delete our next.
The remarks which we, and others, posted, were generally responded to by one vociferous and scathing commentator; it became apparent that we were engaging mainly with this faithful acolyte and attempts to dismiss us with transparently veiled threats and the insulting use of lies were evident. Things were said which we sisters know to be proveably untrue. As we didn’t complain the increasingly unpleasant replies were left up – revealing, we thought, something of the mindset of the person who had posted them.A reader following this exchange may have been mystified and it had been noted that some of our comments were conspicuous by their absence. We now realise that the Internet can offer genuine free speech and many well- wishers have advised us to use it ourselves.
Our sister, Jac, can no longer speak for herself; we know that she would be completely devastated by the latest ungentlemanly exposures and as we said in one of our comments, “the dead have no right of reply.” Therefore, we intend, on her behalf, to set the record straight. We will not hide behind anonymity, nor use sophistry; we will tell only the truth.
In a query on this Guardian thread “joofofthedownes” asked if we could give something of Jac’s history, and yes, she certainly was a most fascinating and talented person who was greatly loved and admired. We hope to tell of her, sadly all too short, life as we know it and we have many lovely photographs to show of her work.
Jacssisters : Elisabeth Simpson, Caroline Hardaker and Alex Richardson