Sunday 27 July 2008
Welcome to Not The Barnet Times
Welcome to Not The Barnet Times. As it says at the top of the page, this is my attempt to provide an alternative viewpoint to some of the political news from the London Borough of Barnet.
This is my first ever blog, so do bear with me as I try to get a hang of the software! Of course, if Statler & Waldorf hadn’t given up on theirs, I wouldn’t be doing this! Where are they now, I wonder?
I was inspired to do this following the removal of a blog from the Barnet Times website written by local resident Roger Tichborne. Rog T (as he is known on-line) had written an article under the heading “Barnet’s very own Stalinist Mr Bean” in which he criticised the council and its leader, Cllr Mike Freer. Apparently, the Times does not want its bloggers criticising each other in such forthright terms (Mike Freer has his own blog on the same web site).
I can understand that the paper doesn’t want blogs full of personal derogatory attacks, but legitimate criticism and debate is the lifeblood of a democracy. The decision to remove the blog does seem strange given that Rog had previously posted an article under the heading “Three Cheers for Brownite Freer” which was allowed and Mike Freer readily joined in. Read it by clicking here:
Rog and I are at opposite ends of the mainstream political spectrum but I am reminded of the quotation often attributed to Voltaire: ‘I detest what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.’ Whilst I am not quite willing to die for Rog T, I am willing to spend £7.50 registering a domain name so that you can now read the article which the Barnet Times refused to publish!
I hope you enjoy reading this blog as much as it saves me in therapy by writing it!