A short editorial note to the effect that in regard to judging comments to be in poor taste or not, I remain the ultimate arbiter. So if an individual chooses to sail 'close to the wind', I can quite easily remove not just one but all his or her present and past comments as a sanction, removing that person from the record.
This has absolutely nothing to do with the exercise of free speech. Just think of this weblog as being a bit like a pub from now on. The landlord reserves the right to toss out the troublemakers and will do but welcomes everyone who is civil and sober at any time!
Finally, after a flurry of unpleasant material this evening, I'm forced to turn-off anonymous comments. A step I haven't taken lightly. Sadly several twisted individuals have joined the 100,000+ visitors to ThanetLife and are hiding behind the anonymity that exists as a convenience to all. From now on, you'll have to be a registered user, a feature common to most chatrooms and forums. It means I can 'switch-off' the troublemakers more easily and our regular visitors sign their posts anyway.
If you have a comment which you feel is important enough to demand anonymity, then simply email to me and if it's appropriate, I'll post it for you, respecting your need to remain incognito.