Blog rules

Thanks to Kerry McCarthy MP for inspiring these rules because as Kerry quotes Monica in Friends: “rules are good, rules help control the fun!”

  1. It’s my blog, so please stick to my rules.
  2. Comments are moderated, so that means I get to approve them before they appear. It’s my decision, but the chances are that if you stick to the rules then I’ll let it through.
  3. All comments that appear on posts are the opinions of the author of the comment and not me! My opinions are in the posts and in my responses to comments. Same goes for other blogs and websites I link to. I’m not responsible for the content of external sites.
  4. This blog has politics, lots of politics, Labour politics. You might not agree with all of the views expressed in the posts and you’re free to say what you think in the comments, but within reason.
  5. If you want to have a general rant then start your own blog at or , it doesn’t cost you anything except a little effort.
  6. I won’t tolerate any racism, sexism or any other similar discriminatory language.
  7. I’m very intolerant of anonymous comments. About the only chance of an anonymous comment that I don’t like getting through is if you’ve got your own blog where you use the same pseudonym (pen name) to post and/or if you contribute to Labour Home/Labour List using the same. If you believe what you’re saying, you won’t be afraid to use your own name and be prepared to defend it.
  8. Don’t leave ‘off-topic’ comments on posts. You’re meant to comment on the subject of the post. If it’s off-topic I might not approve it.
  9. I apply all the normal ‘best practice’ principles in all of my social media activity. The Mayo Clinic has a fantastic 12-word social media policy which pretty much sums up my thinking: Don’t Lie, Don’t Pry, Don’t Cheat, Can’t Delete, Don’t Steal,Don’t Reveal.
  10. I reserve the right to change these rules whenever I need to!

First published August 2009 and last updated March 2013.

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