This blog doesn’t  generally do rules. However, if we have one, it is this: when you are here, do not insult your hosts or other commenters. We actively encourage discussion and debate and understand that from time to time, this will become heated. You can rip an argument to shreds without resorting to personal insult. We would prefer that this place is somewhere people can drop in and engage without being subjected to personal attacks.

The following, therefore apply with immediate effect:

  • Be polite; both to us, your hosts, and other commenters.
  • No libellous comment
  • No content that is in breach of copyright laws
  • No pornography

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Sub-judice and injunction

In the light of this news item on Feb 25th, 2016:


… and this site already up:


… a close reading shows that we are as bound by rules of sub judice and injunction as the MSM, also on matters of defamation and copyright. It’s also not enough for just admins and contributors to know it, readers too need to bear it in mind in comments.

If the admins feel we or a reader may have breached, we’ll delete the comment in question with an explanation and we can then argue it out from that position, rather than with it still up.

Having fulfilled our obligations on that, it remains to say that outside of statutory requirements of that nature and providing we are quite legal, attempts to suppress free speech at this blog will be met with the rejoinder in Arkell v Pressdram:


Further, any attempt at extortion or chantage will be met with the same reply.

[Sub judice and injunction sectionadded Feb 25th, 2016, by James Higham]

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