Comments Policy

Don’t write stupid crap, hate speech or stuff that offends people. Also, use your real name. We reserve the right to remove your comments if you transgress these rules and your comments are flagged by other readers.

The comments section is not there for you spew forth the vilest thoughts you can dream of behind the anonymity of an internet connection. There are other sites for that, you know who they are and where you can find them.

The quickest way to get our backs up is to abuse our journalists and opinion contributors. Disagree and debate, please by all means, but degenerate into name-calling and abuse and we won’t hesitate to let you know the bus is full. Name-calling of other commentators is also a good way to upset us, get your comments flagged and result in a ban.

Here, we don’t pity the fool. We block them.

PS. If you do get blocked for transgressing the policy, we don’t owe you a reason. Your calls for reinstatement and reasons go to the back of the queue of the million things we have to contend with every day to keep this publication going. If you get flagged and blocked you are causing more work for us. We have enough to do without tending to juvenile delinquents like yourself.