I have not approved several comments over the past few days (one tonight specifically was out of order and has prompted this response).

If such comments were made in, say, print journalism then they would be actionable.

In 20 years of being in print I have never cost any publciation a penny in legal fees.


I would not dream of writing such defamatory statements. 

A basic rule-worth reiterating-is play the ball dont play the man.

I have no problem in approving comments that take a 180 perspective on my views.

It is heartening to see a robust debate taking place between posters-this is exactly what I had hoped for when the site was  comment enabled .

However please stick to the topic, debate the issue, and dont indulge in ad hominem attacks.

They will not be approved.