No matter which side of the political aisle we support, I am concerned about the level of near-hysteria and inflammatory remarks by bloggers in general. There is also a concern for those who leave comments on blogs, perhaps not realizing that they put the blog owner at risk for libel. The current atmosphere also divides the political blogosphere even more than it already is. The key point is not to mention someone by name with unfounded allegations (e.g., no credible sources to back up the points). Or, even with credible sources, remember that both you and those sources could be sued.
Yes, I know, there are far too many doing just that about Minister Bev Oda. But, I’d still like to suggest we all pull together and behave better than some in the House of Commons and mainstream media are doing at the moment (and we all know who they are), by writing and debating with dignity and respect. And, remember, bloggers are legally responsible for whatever is on their blogs and, as I suggest in my first paragraph, possibly even where they link.
The crux of the matter is that, because I have had to edit so many comments lately, I have decided to leave my comment feature on full moderation for the next little while — particularly if we find ourselves in the middle of a federal election campaign. The problem with that is, of course, that I can’t be at the computer 24/7. However, I will approve comments as often as I can between 9am and 9pm. And, let me say in advance, that I very much appreciate the understanding and support of all my regular readers — and commenters!