THERE must be other readers who are relieved that the Cummings correspondence is dying a death.

I was becoming so paranoid by it that my wife is threatening to put me out.

I wake up in the middle of the night shouting: “Cummings, Cummings, save me from Cummings!”

So traumatised am I by this saga, I see Joe Stalin, Pol Pot, Genghis Khan and Dominic Cummings laughing on the end of my bed. Henry VIII keeps popping up too!

I am gradually losing the plot. Save me somebody, please!

Seriously, I’m fond of fish and chips, but if I have them served up six days a week in the same paper, they those their magic. That’s psychology.

Over the last weeks, some correspondents have used “undiplomatic language” which I’m surprised our newspaper has allowed.

“Idiot”, “clown”, “fool” are not the language of civilised debate but rather of deep-seated prejudice.

Indeed such intemperate language (unwise in this day and age) used in other sensitive contexts could land the correspondents (and the newspaper) in a spot of bother.

They don’t enhance the debate but debase it and demonstrate weakness of argument.

Violence has never been an acceptable way or means of winning an argument and violence can be verbal as well as physical.

Michael Baldasera, Darlington.