4 November 2010

Comment is reasonably priced...

To my intense frustration, an Unseelie Court of capering, sleekit blog bogles seem to have been patrolling my comments section of late. Disposed to swoop down upon folks' carefully prepared remarks, chortlingly, the base villains have been making off with them into the digital ether. This, to the understandable irritation of their authors and vexation of your host. Simultaneously, a helpful claret-soaked Panda has reminded me that I'd rather incompetently neglected to configure comments here to allow folk to leave a thought or two and then receive e-mail updates on the replies which follow. Hardly an effective way of fostering debate, maintaining an argument and facilitating an exchange of views.

In a move which will hopefully exorcise the magpie battalion and see comments work more smoothly, a wee box should now erupt from your screen, allowing you to lodge a partisan broadside against some particular folly you fear I might have fallen into - and to subscribe to my subsequent vitriolic exculpation. Happily, this eminently tedious notice does at least present me with a wee opportunity to say how much I appreciate all of the comments that you leave here, the arguments made and the more or less-well founded criticisms you fling my way. They've often entertained me or prompted me to imagine a problem from a different perspective, or return to a neglected argument. All are appreciated.

5 comments :

  1. "Happily, this eminently tedious notice does at least present me with a wee opportunity to say how much I appreciate all of the comments that you leave here, the arguments made and the more or less-well founded criticisms you fling my way. They've often entertained me or prompted me to imagine a problem from a different perspective, or return to a neglected argument. All are appreciated."

    What a guy!

    Now, setting aside my kind regards to you, I'm asking you to get into full investigative mode. What about this case on newsnet re Labour aledgedly smearing an FOI requestor? Any views?

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  2. I'm afraid I appear to have missed the ruckus and the link to the relevant article, Dramfineday. Does this involve the chap who was pursuing Wendy Alexander, long after the immolation of her leadership?

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  3. A lawyers eye may prove illuminating Lallands.

    http://www.newsnetscotland.com/politics/928-labour-and-the-smear-gone-wrong-

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  4. Splendid. Much obliged for the link, Conan. I'll give it a look when I've a free moment.

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  5. Having taken a look, its certainly a deeply contemptible piece of rubbish, a ludicrous, unworthy, demeaning attempt to distract from the issues involved - and what's more, a classical logical fallacy.

    The "smear" angle is simply absurd. Nowt wrong with being a nationalist, so it is hardly defamatory to suggest one's inclinations tend that way. However, Bain clearly oversteps the mark in his paranoid idea that he is being haunted across the digital landscape by a crack band of SNP party loyalists, paw-picked by the Maximum Eck to harry his foes without compunction or compassion. I find the (mistaken) identifying of friends of the complainer particularly bizarre, since I can't for the life of me imagine what the chap was intending to imply.

    I sense that your reference to the legal perspective might imply the question - is any of this actionable or otherwise illegal? Certainly, now leaps out at me as criminal - but potentially defamatory? Maybe. Bain certainly attempted to lower the public's estimation of Ferguson and strongly implied bad faith. However contemptible the Labour stooge's mischief certainly is, I can't for the life of me work out what allegations precisely he thought to make against the innocent band of strangers.

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