Received this missive of complaint from Robin Symonds, the UNISON official, remonstrating with me. I have published the text of his email together with my response as I thought readers might be interested:
I am becoming increasingly frustrated by your repeated sensoring of my posts.
I appreciate that Rothpol is your blog and you are at liberty to choose not to publish my posts. Indeed this is something that you have previously done and, whilst I found it disappointing and frustrating that you appeared to wish to suppress my views, I find your recent practice of editing/sensoring my posts even more distasteful.
There have been several recent contributions that I have made, which you have sensored by only publishing the first few words then adding a warning that a court case is ongoing. I do not believe that any of my posts have required sensoring or that they could possibly prejudice ongoing legal proceedings. It is my belief that you sensor my posts in order to give the impression that I have posted something inflammatory or controversial, when I have not.
Unless you are able to provide a reasonable explanation for editing nearly every post I have made in the last couple of weeks I will be forced to conclude that you have some sinister reason for doing so.
I appreciate that some of my posts may not fit in with the anti-Labour consensus on your blog but I would have thought you would want a diversity of views and opinions.
A number of people have told me not to bother with your blog as it is full of crackpots. I have ignored their advice as I would much rather exchange views and contribute to the debate but I’m at a loss to understand what your problem is with me.
I moderate, I do not censor. You are obviously are not familiar with the legal framework, within which blogs like this one operate.
I try and keep us on the straight and narrow, if you object to that, then please leave your comments elsewhere.
I welcome your comments and I do not censor views, but your comments are frequently simple ‘pointed questions’, not the sharing of your opinions and the reasons for those opinions, are they?
Why are you only active during election periods, and then in support of just one party. That, at a time when your members jobs are going in large numbers?
Believe what you want about those who are active on Rothpol, the record says something different. If you mean that one of those crackpots would be me, then I will wear that accolade with pride.