I’m very concerned at some of the language that’s flying around other weblogs and one in particular with a strong political bias.
On a personal note, I believe that Thanet can do without the politics of the playground descending into name-calling and personal attacks on individual members of the council. If this standard of behaviour is what we are to expect from our local political representatives then it’s the people of Thanet who are the losers.
There is no place for spiteful, personal animosity in local politics. It may look like a football match at times and the emotions and language have their parallels but as May approaches, local people deserve intelligent adult behaviour from their councillors and their supporters and not the political mud slinging that’s already started to surface.
One more thing to consider when writing a weblog in this country is that so-called political free-speech does not follow the rights set-down in the US constitution:
Anonymity on a weblog does not protect an individual from our own domestic libel legislation. Libel is an extremely expensive trap to fall into and you should remember that anything you write that might be reasonably deemed to be malicious, incorrect or personally offensive has a global reach:
“Bloggers must also be aware of their responsibilities as hosts of discussions where comments are invited from readers. Any defamatory comments made in other posts on the blogger's website may result in the blogger being held responsible for those comments and being sued for libel.”
A libel action could easily cost you your home; a weblog lacks the same public interest defense that a newspaper might argue. I fought and won a case through the High Court some years ago and it cost me a huge amount in legal expenses, so its best to remember that in the political Blogspace, a polite society is best for everyone. Never call anyone a name or allow them to be called anything offensive on your weblog unless you have deep pockets and are legally adventurous. Be witty and above all, never question anyone’s reputation or integrity unless you are prepared to support your opinions in court, in front of an ageing judge who probably won’t know what a Blog is.