Community Rules

These rules outline what we consider is acceptable and unacceptable content. Reader comments that do not meet the standards of our Community Rules may be deleted by our moderators.


We welcome your opinions and would like our readers to see multiple points of view. There are some topics that inspire great enthusiasm and partisanship and we encourage contributors to find ways of sharing their views with wisdom and good humour. Please consider how others may receive your comment.


Please be polite. Do not insult or use abusive or threatening language towards our writers, or towards other commenters on this site. Do not swear or use crude language. Only English language contributions can be accepted.


Please try to stick to the topic of the thread.  If you post something that is unrelated to the original topic it may be removed in order to keep the discussion on track.

No Commercials

Please do not use our comments pages to advertise products or services, or to petition for campaigns or for sponsorship.  Please do not link to other websites.

No Intolerance

We will not tolerate comments demeaning someone's race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion, or any other forms of hate-speech against any groups.

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If you think that a comment violates our Community Rules please alert our moderators by flagging the comment for review.  Flagging is for serious complaints only, not because you disagree with a point of view.


We will remove any content that may put us in legal jeopardy such as potentially libelous or defamatory postings, or materials that may be in breach of copyright.  Please do not make false or misleading comments.


Please respect other people’s privacy. Never include your own or anybody else’s contact details (telephone numbers or email) in this open comment section where it is available for public view.