Due to the move of the blog to Wordpress posts from Jan 2012 onward will have commenting disabled (when I remember to do it)
Cheers - AE

Comments policy

"If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind."

John Stuart Mills, On Liberty (1859)

I value free speech highly and so I'm reluctant to moderate comments simply on the grounds that someone, even if it's me and even if it's millions, finds something to be offended about. There is no right not to be offended and there never can be since I for one would be offended if someone tried to create one. However, it should go without saying that your comments and their contents are the products of your own thoughts and not mine, and are therefore your own responsibility. My not editing or deleting something offensive, even if it's so offensive it's actually illegal in some jurisdiction other, doesn't mean I agree - I'm probably offended too, but rather than get all precious about it and demanding the law steps in to silence people I prefer to let poisonous opinions speak for those who hold them, and to take the opportunity of telling them why they're wrong.

I think it was Doctor Johnson who said censorship is the last refuge of a cunt, and if he didn't I'd like to believe he probably thought it occasionally. All I intend to remove is spam, porn or otherwise, and anything blatantly libellous and which some fuckwitted legal system somewhere will hold me responsible for even though someone else actually said it. If you just want to call someone names I'm not going to stop you but this is not the place to provide links to your site selling left handed shovels or pictures of hot chicks in changing rooms, or for claiming that a particular politician or celebrity has been pleasuring themselves with broccoli and is being blackmailed by Illuminati controlled aliens over it. Such comments will be deleted as and when I come across them. Persistent offenders will not be hunted down, chained, put in a box and abandoned in a desert with half a pack of Opal Fruits, but I wouldn't shed a tear if it happened anyway.

Other than that, knock yourself out.
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