Now, I’m going to assume my post on the ‘flotilla’ thread, where I questioned the comparison of the blockading of Gaza with a ‘blockade’ of the Falklands was deleted by Eddie, because it could only have been done out of pique. Did you delete last night’s post to this thread as well, Eddie? Is it a breach of the rules to be cynical about the police, or are you just singling me out for special treatment? The worst part of it is that it’s very obnoxious to remove a post without an explanation. That would be the minimum courtesy afforded to any member, unless the mod was aware on some level that he was violating his own ethical code, and didn’t want to leave the slightest trace of the act.

I generally copy comments to TiG before I send them, originally because I was concerned they might be deleted by the censor, but mostly now because a good portion of them fail to ‘take’. Am I going to have to start saving these as well? Because everybody else is too ‘cautious’ to compare you to Ian Mean, do you believe they’re not thinking it?

My post, from what I recall of it, went something like ‘In reality, the police will act on whatever they want to act on, and ignore everything else. Like the two police officers who left their car parked on double yellow lines and a cycle lane, opposite Barton Police Station and it’s car park. All because they couldn’t be bothered to cross the road.’ I sent it some time after midnight. Seems it upset you, Eddie, or else someone who’s pretty sure they know your mind as regards me. But you’re critical of the police. I’m critical of the police. You’re critical of TiG. I’m critical of TiG. Maybe, when I sometimes post things that still aren’t half as arsy as the things you post at me, or GFC, you think I’m trying to push against the limits of your patience, but I’m where I am because it’s where I am, not because I’m trying to go somewhere else. Since you have a bee in your bonnet about me, however, some pretty despicable characters in my ward get away with murder, which I’m not happy about. There’s no point in my even dignifying the ‘Barton & Tredworth’ board with posts because it was born out of skullduggery. Where are the people who asked for it? Or the Tuffley board? Or should that be the Quedgeley board? If I’d started a thread in the wrong forum, you’d have pounced, but others get the benefit of the doubt?

This could be a ‘long-winded’ suicide note, Eddie, if you believe in punishing posters for things they say outside the boards, but you make it pretty clear you will punish them with extreme prejudice (or at least a condescending put-down) for what they say on the boards. If you push people off the boards, don’t be surprised if they do start to push, off the boards.

Note: before I forget, I should add Eddie’s actual comment. I won’t change it back, just to make the point that site owners, if they are sufficiently anal, can take liberties with free speech(whatever that is), except that they, of course, don’t flag up their machinations. I see that my five day ‘suspension’ has become a ‘ban’. Wonder what I could have done to earn that, and how I will ever manage to fill my time now…


‘It must be such a trial for you belonging to such an unpleasant community Joe. Just say the word and I will delete your acount and you will be troubled no more.

‘We will just have to carry on with all those others there who are too scared to support you.

‘Of course it wasn’t obnoxious of you to post this in public, it was just your saintly personality doing what it had to.’

I think you’ve deleted enough of mine, Eddie, and as it turns out, didn’t wait for my ‘word’ to delete my account (a bit of a classic example of not being able to take what you dish out?). That’s kind of the the problem, even though you’re not willing to admit it. Of course, if you could explain why you found it necessary to remove a comment that broke none of your precious rules, beside the unwritten one that states that any challenge to your bigoted views must not be allowed to stand, you could avoid all of what you will presumably view as the very obnoxious, and very public, excoriation of you and your boards, that is to come. And if you think such behaviour is not quite ‘the done thing, old chap’, all I can say is that I deal straight with people who deal straight with me, but when they try to shaft me, well, what do you really expect?

But chin up, at least people will flock to your boards (as ‘guests’), to try to guess what the fuss is about…

Additional note: I was going to post the addition above a few days ago, when I saw the word ‘Banned’ next to my details on the Gloucestershire Boards. Then I noticed that the log-in blurb still talked about a five day suspension, so I decided to wait and see if Eddie wouldn’t be a complete control freak and increase my ‘punishment’, just for showing him what it’s like when a site owner think he can edit his members posts without any discernable reason besides his own prejudices. He didn’t wait for the end of the five days to delete my account entirely, though, so now I have a free hand.

Happy birthday, Eddie, Hope you find time in the next year to get a clue and wake up to the Political Correctness brigade you’re surrounding yourself with in your misguided ire. I used to think PC was just another way of saying ‘being polite’, but even I’ve picked up on the fact that some use it for an agenda. You seem to have forgotten.