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A great article! Many thanks. Quite apart from the differing views on the analysis of Three Waters, there are some very interesting issues about new media such as Substack vs old media, and the role of the media generally in covering contentious issues. All issues that were highly topical in Cranmer's day.

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Who is Cranmer?

When I first met with “Cranmer’s Substack” and became acquainted with the highly intelligent, relentlessly logical and humane opinions of “Thomas Cranmer”, the pseudonym seemed really significant to me – more so, I’m sure, than if he had published his articles under his own name.

It is perfectly in order to write under a pseudonym – even if everybody knows who is behind the writings. Very particularly, I think, if the chosen pseudonym has a certain meaning - as in this case.

With this particular pseudonym Philip Crump shows us the principles he admires in human existence : Courage, even in the face of death; Free speech defending faith and convictions. His writings became more powerful because of that pseudonym. That is how it should be - because the message conveyed is far more important than the spreading of the name Philip Crump.

Thomas Cranmer, please continue “Cranmer’s Substack”!!

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We so need Cranmer and you with articulate, accurate reports combating opinions and bought and paid for articles by so called mainstream media journalists...keep them coming!

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Great piece. Nothing much has changed in 400 years - if you don't toe the prevailing "party line" you get chopped off; only the method has changed. But since, as you point out, Cranmer's writings are evidence-based, the only place his detractors have to go is to attempt to use innuendo and slurs. Which will cause unintended consequences - for them.

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A most instructive and enjoyable piece. Thank you Halfling. Christchurch of course remembers the historic Cranmer with its Cranmer Square. ‘Though in my schooldays there the focus was on the fact that it was then the site of private school for girls.

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I enjoyed this piece and found it very encouraging and strangely liberating. The bit about Cranmer in 1556 recanting his beliefs to align with the power of the day in order to save his life and then losing it in spite of agreeing to compromise his beliefs is quite relevant for today, when you think about our 'mainstream media'. Well I hope so.

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Excellent. Look forward to them.

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