“Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Those of my valued readers who drop by every day for a fresh take on corruption and injustice will be disappointed today. This post, which will be removed when my next article is published, is my postscript on the amnesty that I introduced. Let me state at the outset that I am opposed to a paywall. I read The Guardian every day. I applaud their decision to allow those who cannot afford to contribute to have free access to their journalism. I will always be the champion of the unwaged and disadvantaged. It’s in my DNA. If this site brings them, to coin one of my headlines, Lite Relief, then I derive a great deal of satisfaction from making a difference.
I temporarily removed my archive. I took the view that the freeloaders should not have access to my body of work. I was minded of the haters who have threatened to publish them in full as a spoiler to my book release. They are too dim to realise that it will be a fresh take with the 20:20 vision of hindsight. I will selectively reintroduce some of my body of work when I find the time. Time, as a one-man site, is not on my side.
The response to the amnesty was less than encouraging. I am forming the view that the freeloaders are taking advantage of my good nature. I awoke to one contribution this morning. Thank you Patrick. The case for the paywall has been made, but I’m going to extend the amnesty by one final month. The archive will remain off-limits until the first of August.
As I am time poor, I will not be able to continue to write and personally thank those who were kind enough to venture a contribution of £10. Going forward I will be writing to every reader who contributes £20 or more. I have a real dialogue with many of my readers who take the time to make a comment on PayPal. I am heartened that my oeuvre is now being widely followed by the movers and shakers in Hong Kong.
I spend the majority of my time approving comments. I realise that I am hard-hitting and uncompromising, but I couch my most incisive invective in satire. I have to intervene when high emotions lead to an injudicious, often bitter, choice of words.
Going forward, only those who contribute will be allowed to comment. For the month of July, please add one’s PayPal confirmation number to one’s comment. It will not be published. If one has contributed but has yet to make a comment, please write with your confirmation number so that I can add your name and IP number to my data base of approved members.
If one has a unique point to make, or you are known to me as is the case with Auldheid, the chances are that I will approve your comment. I will also approve comments from my peers, including fellow award-winner Phil Macgiollabhain, James Forrest, The Clumpany, Paul & David at CQN and any other owner/operator of a blog. Kerrydale Street, who approved a disgusting and inaccurate slur on my character and exposed their arses when bringing my former wife into their virulent thread, have been flagged to her solicitor. I know from bitter personal experience that her solicitor will have them on their knees. E-Tims will also be banned. It must really hurt them that the light has passed over these titles.
The final note is reserved for my detractors. The majority of them are now filtered by their IP number. I don’t see their comments as they are redirected to spam. After a period of three months they are permanently deleted. However if you are particularly obsessed and enterprising, I will publish your e-mail and IP details so that everyone can write to you and express their uncompromising views. Approved members will of course maintain their anonymity.
I am currently researching a piece with the working title, The Marching Season. I won’t, as ever, be pulling my punches.