Friday, 17 January 2014
The Phoenix Arises
The clichés are endless, they all mean the same. A well known, hopefully well respected, figure steps down and is replaced. What will change? What will remain the same? There is a hush. The public hold their breath. Then, the successor speaks.
It is clear to most people who read the blog that TC is a respected piece of work. It is arguably the most independent commentator on public and political matters in Tameside. May I remind people of the "Cohesion" episode in 2008 when the censorship of the local press was exposed? Or the recent "Grim Reaper" episode? In short, we have arrived.
But this is not to say there are no problems, no issues, to be faced and challenged. There is room for improvement, there are changes that need to be made. Changes which have already been made need to be consolidated. So here is the New Manifesto.
Comments will remain on moderation. The possibility that defamatory, abusive or illegal postings could be deliberately placed on the blog in order to close the blog down cannot be dismissed. We have clearly annoyed the powers-that-be and so we must take precautions.
The comments page is often a shambles. Postings are made which bear no relevance to the main article. This is both unprofessional and disappointing to those readers who have made relevant postings. In the future I shall be ruthless! "Where's the relevance?" will be a guiding motto in future. But there is a reverse side of the coin. We shall encourage guest writers to submit items for the main feature. We will encourage any submission with a local connection....and also honest and decent. This is a local Blog and I shall bear this in mind when moderating the comments. We will not ignore events outside Tameside. Central Government decisions which affect Tameside will still be grist for the mill but the relevance of the comment will be of great importance.
Links to other web pages will be discouraged. The possibility that the target site may be changed to something unsuitable cannot be dismissed out of hand. Also private feuds will not be allowed anymore! They spoil our credibility.
Finally, we will encourage "The Whistleblower". If you have a story, tell us.
The first TC did a sterling job. If I appear great it is because I am standing on the shoulder of a giant. Thank you TC. And now....forward to the future.