Dear JohnI followed it up with a couple of reminders over the course of the day. This morning I received this:
This is unwelcome spam. Where did you obtain my email address? And your apologies are not accepted; they are mere window-dressing for bad manners.
As for your online petition – well, I think you’ve blown it.
Dear John (huh?),
Sorry that you had to be so rude in your reply. I got your address from Anna. We met at OU Summer School in Xxxx in and correspnded for a while. Did Anna finish her studies and graduate? Tell her I went on to do a degree in Fine Art - she can see my work at www.blackvanilla.org.uk
Best wishes to you both
Was I rude? Or just blunt? This was my reply:
Hi JohnIf he thinks that my reply was rude, he needs to get out more, I think. He should have seen the first draft.
Thank you for clearing that up. (Personal stuff about Anna redacted.) I have pointed her in the direction of your website.
I really don’t consider my reply to you was rude, however. I find unwanted emails very intrusive, especially when they arrive in my private email that only a few people know, and personally I would never consider emailing on a controversial political topic to someone I had never met. Including a pre-packaged apology when you have already intruded on someone is somewhat insulting. It’s a common trick among commercial spammers, but that doesn’t make it right. I’d be interested to know what part of my reply you found ‘rude’, as I was very careful not to be offensive but merely factual.
Anyway, water under the bridge and all that. I wish you success with your Fine Art, although I won’t be signing the petition.
Best wishes (sincerely)