Plagiarism – or plain theft!
Trying to be somewhat circumspect about identifying the target of my disgust too explicitly, as there’s a potential conflict there. However, I really can’t stand what this communications officer has done – to swipe, obviously, the opening of your OWN OPINION PIECE from another – more talented – writer, with no acknowledgement, is simply unforgivable!
The “author” of the recent opinion piece wrote:
“Did you know that two thousand years ago a Roman citizen could walk across the face of earth unharmed, cloaked only in the words “Civis Romanis” (I am a Roman citizen)? So great was the retribution of Rome, universally understood as certain, should any harm befall even one of its citizens.”
Compare with ….
West Wing – Season 1, Episode 3 – “Proportional Response”
“Did you know that two thousand years ago a Roman citizen could walk across the face of the known world free of the fear of molestation? He could walk across the earth unharmed, cloaked only in the words “Civis Romanis” I am a Roman citizen. So great was the retribution of Rome, universally understood as certain, should any harm befall even one of its citizens.”
The similarity is … striking, to say the least! Were this student to write something so staggeringly similar to somebody else’s work without acknowledging his indebtedness, I suspect he would be asked to explain himself quite quickly.
If you are so incapable of phrasing – or more likely – of forming your own opinion, that you need to purloin the efforts of someone else, the very least you ought to do, if you have even a modicum of decency, let alone self respect, is to indicate to those reading your words that this is the case. You really ought NOT let people imagine that you have the knowledge or capacity to create such work by yourself!
Aside from which, at the end of the piece, you repeat word for bloody word a position I took – and with which you vehemently disagreed at the time – that Civil Partnerships have “set back our chances of true equality”. Sadly, I don’t have a Hansard of my entire life to prove this. So I’ll let the theft of Aaron Sorkin’s genius stand on its own to demonstrate your utterly pathetic nature.
Oh, and congratulations on reaching a year with your boyfriend … since it’s lasted that long, I’m going to have to assume he’s a top?