This is not a democracy, it’s a blog. I’ll work it out as I go along but here are a few basic ground rules:

1. I will not publish any comments with racist, sexist or homophobic content – I’m not Guido Fawkes, and there are plenty of other places on the interwebs you can get that sort of thing if it floats your boat.

2. I won’t publish a lot of ad-hominem attacks as they are boring. Nor will I publish endless whataboutery or simple, dull, unimaginative attacks on Labour that make no other point. Again you’ve got Guido for that sort of thing.

3. I will happily publish most other comments, but relentless repetition of insults to politicians rather than debating political points will go as once again, it’s boring, and I can’t be bothered to be bored.

4. Anyone who uses any of the following comments or phrases more than once will be blocked because they lack imagination: “political correctness gone mad” (or variants thereof), “Tony B Liars”, “New Liebour”, “Zanulabour”, “feminazi” etc. I reserve the right to add to this list arbitrarily.


3 comments to “Rules”

  1. Comment by Margaret Hickman:

    Hi Emma, love your blog on Ed today. I so agree with you. I have just been selected to contest an inner city ward in Bristol for Labour. Your blog so eloquently summarised how I feel about sticking with New Labour through the dark years of Iraq and some questionable decisions on civil liberties.

    So honour what you are doing and the position you take and just for being you. If you are ever in Bristol let me know it would be a delight to meet you.


  2. Comment by Richard Burnell:

    Good evening. I have just picked up your blog off the Campbell blog and our surname sameness caught my eye.

    In as much as you admit to your politics being pick and mix from a variety of Labour sources, my politics at age 60 are far to the left of where they began and well to the left of Blair. The Coalition has parked it’s tanks on the Labour lawn and there is nowhere for the party to move, I feel. Hence pick and mix.

    On your subject of housing why will no one run with the idea of compulsory purchase of land, giving excellent returns to landowners, yet making housing affordable. It is the £50,000 and upwards a plot which makes the house prices unaffordable at first time buyer levels.
    An Act of Parliament to beat the housing crisis, for that is whst it is, would get massive public support and land being worth £6,000 an acre as arable, could be comp purchased for , say, £50,000, and each plot would cost £2,500 at 20 to an acre, hey Prescott, job sorted Quality, sustainable houses can be built for £60,000 so total price £62,500. In no time the building industry is back on it’s feet and the housing problem part way to being solved. Please enlighten me.

    As an aside, my sister is trying to push back our family tree past 1800 to wards 1087 when the family left Normandy. Have you entered teh murky water of Burnell family history yet? Archbishops, Chancellors and all!

    Kind regards,

    Richard Bunell

  3. Comment by Emma:


    Just realised I never responded to this – so sorry!

    Interesting ideas about compulsory purchase, though I suspect it would be a hard sell politically. A Land Value Tax may be an interesting alternative.

    I don’t know much about the Burnell side of my family at all. I know the name means “Brown Hair” and that three generations lived in South London, but not much more than that sadly!

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