Monday, 21 May 2012

ERRING ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION



I have decided to delete my previous blog post which made mention of Sandy Ezekiel's recent appearance in Private Eye magazine. After learning about the wonders of 'sub judice' for the very first time courtesy of m'learned friend Cllr Simon Moores, I have opted to err on the side of caution and delete the post until such a time that it becomes safer to discuss. Had I known more about the legal ramifications of 'sub judice' I would not have published it, but I guess you live and learn.

In the meantime, I'd like to offer an apology. I meant no harm in publishing what was only intended to be a tongue-in-cheek blog article. As far as I saw it, I was merely acknowledging what local media outlets have already reported, in exactly the same wording, but with an ironic quip included at the end. However, I can see how it might attract some commenters whose motives might not be so tactful, and I don't wish to be put in a position where I have to police public debate on such a sensitive subject.

If people want to accuse me of being bamboozled into deleting it, that's fine, but there are far more important things in life than silly blog entries. I have a very busy week ahead and would rather just nip it in the bud by accepting it was a mistake, delete the post, apologise and get on with my life. So that's it. I am sorry. Now let's move on.

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5 comments:

  1. No mistake Luke and there was nothing written that would prejuduce the case. Such reporting of such a serious charge should not be swept under the carpet but I guess all of Thanet's and the wider population already know of the charge and history of the person concerned.

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  2. Sensible decision but not one followed by Matt over at the Thanet Star I'm sorry to say!

    There's nothing wrong with reporting but in a case that is going to trial locally, one has to be very careful indeed on how it is reported.

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  3. I see that "The Thanet Star" is being far less cautious...

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  4. You are right there is more to life than blog entries. However, I do like the name "shagpile" thanks for that.

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  5. Matt would like to point out that nothing bad has happened and will continue to fail to happen.

    On a more serious note the FUD surrounding this issue is bigger than the issue itself. Something that needs to change.

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