The Moderator’s Axe


The Moderator’s Axe

In the light of the Guardian’s latest comments on the way its readers interact with its journalists and other readers, (see – The Dark Side of Guardian Comments) I’ve decided to publish here some of my own comments that have suffered from the Moderator’s axe.

From 30 October 2010 when I still had a couple of months before being banned from CiF and many months before I posted on Montan’s site:

sheffpixie – you posted this some time back on CiF:

“Bloody hell bitey – did you really follow BB into court? This obsession with her
can’t be good for you.”

I thought maybe we’d get something original from you but once again I remain

MrsBootstraps chooses to spend a vast amount of time on CiF and The Untrusted, two highly interactive sites. Have you surveyed all the posters who have responded to her articles ATL or her posts BTL to conclude that my odd foray to correct some of the mistakes she makes is an obsession?

Which one of your friends was it said of her:

“You have a huge ego and an apparent need to prove your liberal credentials to us ordinary people on this blog. Your posts are mostly about you. You take pride in ‘bashing the fash’ but it just sounds like a schoolkid being stroppy. It’s bullshit. Sorry, but I find you incredibly naive politically (Lib Dem Ya?) so we’re never going to be best friends You get a lot more from this blog than you give. Fair enough.”

It wasn’t me, I’d never have been so rude.


The Moderator’s Axe fell on this comment on the article The rape of Anna Bates: what if Stieg Larsson had written Downton Abbey? by Holly Baxter

Salander was bullied and physically, sexually and mentally, abused as a child and the only difference between her and thousands of young girls who find themselves the victims of inadequate parents and authoritarian authorities is that Larsson blessed her with certain skills that enabled her to fight back and to do so effectively.


Sadiq Khan wrote a piece for the Guardian promoting his bid to become Mayor of London and included the pledge:

And I’ll promote and support organisations that aim to bring people from different backgrounds together – like the brilliant Big Iftar….

From The Big Iftar:

The Big Iftar encourages British Muslims to invite their friends, neighbours and colleagues to join them at mosques on an agreed date and enjoin them in sharing the meal of iftar.

From:Muslims in Britain:

The five times daily salaah in congregation in the masjid is enjoined on men, not on women. Women’s salaah is expected to be discreet and private and therefore performed at home. The majority of masjids make some provision for women, but most of these do so by allocating space only when specially asked for. Larger purpose-built masjids often have a gallery over the main masjid room, part or all of which is for women’s use.

Accordingly, and depending on the circumstances of the visit, separate hosting arrangements may be made for women visitors, e.g. for larger parties or more formal visits. Casual visitors that include women can usually be accommodated. While the congregational salaah is in progress it is usually practical for male visitors to wait at the back of the masjid room itself, but not so for women to wait.

So Mr Khan, how about an article about this Femaleophobia that discriminates against over 50% of the population? Or are you yet another of those who favour their women’s participation to be “discreet and private and therefore performed at home?”

This comment disappeared after a few seconds.


So here’s the first one from an article If a moderate like Sadiq Khan shouldn’t stand for London mayor, which Muslim can?, by Mehdi Hasan, who wrote:

“Everyone from former Tory cabinet minister Sayeeda Warsi – who warned that Islamophobia had “passed the dinner table test” back in 2011……

The same Baroness Warsi of whom Douglas Marray writing in the Spectator observed:

She apparently never realised that if such a thing as ‘Islamophobia’ does exist it might be caused not by an inexplicable seizure of the brain but by people noticing – among other things – what little willingness there is among Muslim leaders to really tackle extremism within their communities.

The Baroness is of course as well as being a former Conservative minister, one of those Muslim leaders.”

The comment disappeared after a few minutes.

%d bloggers like this: