Thought it was time I set out the House Rules of Left of Lightwater. I expect this to grow as issues spring to the fore, but here goes:
– Generally speaking, all the content is mine. Occasionally I’ll reblog something interesting from elsewhere, and very very occasionally I might ask someone to contribute a guest blog. But by and large it’s all written by one person.
– I used to have an open book, freedom of speech, no moderation policy on comments. Then the blog ended up in the local paper…so that’s stopped. Now all comments will be moderated prior to publication. Sometimes I will redact or edit comments prior to publication; I appreciate that the original author won’t necessarily want that, but tough – I need to make sure there aren’t any legally dubious entries.
– Libel is a no-no, but so is anything personally abusive to anyone (apart from George Osborne). We want discussion here, not a slagging match – we want to encourage people to participate in politics, and they won’t do that if they think they’ll be cut down if they put their head over the parapet. “Play the ball, not the man” is the cliché that springs to mind. So any comment which is abusive to an individual will not be published.
– If you wish to contact me “off-blog”, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Whilst I would much rather have debates out in the open, if there is information or questions you would prefer to share in private, please use the mailbox.