It has come to my attention that regrettably once again Gemma Gary has issued a statement from her blog about myself that is both incorrect and deliberately misleading. Here is a link to what has been written: Gemma Gary Response 2 It’s difficult to know how long this has been published on the net as there is a very misleading date heading the statement of November 1st 2012. Given the content, this statement is obviously referring to A Can of Worms https://cassandralathamjones.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/a-can-of-worms/ which was not published until May 25 2013.
Firstly she starts off with rather vague references to ‘false claims’ and ‘barely hidden personal agendas’ without explaining what these are, thereby rendering it impossible for further comment. We then wander into a very strange situation where I find my Christian name has been subjected to the spurious “inverted commas” treatment, another one added in brackets, followed by half my surname. Maybe it’s a deconstruction with a twist? <I’ve been watching too many ‘foodie’ programmes!> Or…maybe Gemma is confusing me with my younger sister Sue who lives in Canada, a formidable Witch in her own right. I think Ms Gary needs to get her facts right before publishing such bizarre comments – I can assure her that Sue Latham is not a name I have ever been called.
However, even this is beside the point. Countless people experience name changes in their life and I fail to see anything untoward in this, despite the unspoken suggestion otherwise. Indeed what is even more perplexing is the fact that Ms Gary has undergone several name changes herself, but I don’t feel the need to refer to her as “Gemma” (Shane) Gary. However, I suppose it is one step up from being referred to as ‘that woman’ as was the case previously. See A Response to Bruised Egos The final paragraph ends with the odd accusation of ‘cultural racism’ in response to someone simply mentioning when Gary moved to Cornwall. However, that’s not for me to answer as this was a direct quote from an academic’s work, so I suggest that she takes up any issue she has with the person concerned directly. Incidently I had no reason to question this claim as the late Nineties coincided with when I first met Ms Gary , or Shane Gary as he was then. Shane was a quiet, reserved young lad in his late teens who approached me to ask for teaching in the ways of witchcraft. I turned him down because I had given up teaching at that time. In view of recent developments, I think that was just as well!
The rest of the statement only reiterates what has been said before regarding Traditional Cornish Witchcraft which has already been dealt with in the past – see Necessary Rebuttals https://cassandralathamjones.wordpress.com/2013/06/. I cannot see any merit to continuing these debates as it is obvious to anyone that this is a situation where we will have to agree to disagree. Whenever anyone publishes a book(s)/blogs/articles etc. it has to be understood that there will inevitably be criticism of that work in some form or another, as not everyone will agree with your point of view. It would be beneficial to Ms Gary to be realistic and to accept this and move on in her life.