Giles Bradshaw has commented on this blog over 600 times and many of those comments have been on the subject of the Hunting Act – a subject on which I don’t recall ever writing a blog (although you can find a comment on it in Inglorious pp106-07). A long time ago, I did publish a guest blog by Giles here and I was, and still am, very happy to do so.
His last 20 comments received 172 likes or dislikes from readers of this blog in the ratio 22 likes to 150 dislikes. It seems his comments aren’t very popular with other readers.
They aren’t very popular with me either, because there are so many of them, they are not very varied in content, they ascribe views to me that I have never expressed and often do not hold, and they are generally antipathetic to me (on my own blog).
But, being a wishy-washy liberal I am in favour of free speech and so a number of other commenters who also have a go at me here are tolerated by me, though sometimes not with completely good grace. ‘kie’ is another commenter in whose comments I cannot recall ever reading a kind word about myself. At least ‘kie’ varies his points of attack a little. But you other readers don’t see terribly keen on him (surely ‘kie’ can only be a ‘he’?) either, as his last 20 comments have received 33 likes to 118 dislikes.
But back to Giles. I did ban Giles for a few months quite a while back – why, I can’t remember, but I’m sure it was for a good reason – and I think that is the only occasion when someone has been banned from commenting (unless they were masquerading under a false email address – see here). I don’t want to ban Giles because that seems a bit draconian just for banging on incessantly about one particular thing but I am losing patience with him.
Have any of you, even including Giles, got any good ideas?