While most of the comments we receive are thoughtful, genuine and welcome, we are once again receiving a stream of abusive and anonymous e-mails from fake e-mail addresses. It is very time-consuming dealing with these, and unless they cease we will have to insist users register a proper e-mail address with this site before any comment is considered. The addresses will not be made public to anyone; we just want to know you’re real. It is a little rich to get messages from people calling other real people liars when the accusers fake not only their own names but their supposed e-mail addresses. Our limited voluntary time here is not best used checking whether e-mail addresses are genuine or not.
Let me reiterate the comments policy. You may post anonymously but all comments must come from a genuine address, and we will be introducing measures which will attempt to check these automatically from now on. We are happy to carry robust comments, including those on the record, stance and statements of the figures involved. But personal abuse and libellous accusations are totally unacceptable. So please spare us the work of excising them. Most, I think, come from supporters of this site, but you are doing us no favour in sending in occasionally quite nasty comments about individuals in this saga which are unprintable. In between the bile they often make good points, but of course we can’t suggest changes because we have no real e-mail address.
Finally… a thank you to the minority of users who post comments using their real names. Your words certainly carry a lot more weight with most visitors I am sure.