The sun rises fresh each morning and so do I. So does hope. Early morning is my favourite time of the day, love the silence before the cacophony of the day.
I’ve taken a break to think about things. Sometimes you only get perspective in going away.
There are a number of things I want to say to you.
I wanted to thank all those who took the time to email me. I have read everything that you said. I have also read every comment in the Changes post. I then thought about what to do next.
I run two very busy blogs, this one and Biased BBC. I have a very active social network account on Twitter. I have frequent media appearances to prepare for and this is a little of what I do in my spare time.
These public platforms afford me the opportunity to write and talk about things that interest me. I remain fascinated by what goes on in this world, almost like a child. The daily news does interest me, full of little jewels. The joy lies in the writing and in the sharing of views with others.
No one has to agree with me but – and this is my caveat – they do have to be agreeable as judged by me on MY space, on MY site. Now some here find me hypocritical. Fair enough, I have never said I am perfect nor that I am out to achieve balance, or even fairness. I am out to put forward my views and that is as far as it goes.
Inevitably I attract my critics. Some of them are – literally – deranged and they spend most of their time spewing poison my way I have no desire to go into details. I am not talking of ANY of the ATW regulars but trust me there are some crazed people out there. Do reflect on that and what it may mean for someone like me.
On the ATW specifics, I want to say the following. Many of you have posted comments that reassure me in recent days. I can see your maturity and the understanding of how I really hate the name calling and rows in the comment threads. A few of you demonstrated why I sometimes feel low but that is to be expected. But the truth is this; I took up the cudgels of political commentary many years ago now and it has become something of a life’s work for me. I won’t be stopped; I won’t be deflected and I sure as hell will keep on going until the breath finally leaves me. I want you to comment but to do so politely and with respect for others AND yourself. If you don’t like this or find it overbearing then you know how to exit.
I have read various suggestions made and thank you for them. But the plan is simple. I will keep an eye on things and would ask that you make me aware, via email, of anything that seems wrong. I am libertarian in my approach but if someone behaves badly, I will ban. I will not make exceptions. Look upon it as my inner totalitarian.
ATW welcomes all views, no matter how contrary they are. I do not seek to censor. However ATW does not welcome offensive people, it does not welcome juvenile in-fighting.
Look upon this as a new dawn, not a false one. I will return to comment on news stories. I want to thank everyone who does come here and I extend a warm welcome to anyone thinking of coming BACK here. ATW is open for business.