It’s Mark here logged in on the generic log- in as Word Press has decided not to recognise me any more.
World Have Your Say was set up as a programme to – among other things – provide a safe forum for people to talk to each other. Challenge views yes, disagree yes, even get angry if that’s the way you feel about things but it is not a place for personal attacks. By all means tell someone they’re wrong (in your opinion) but don’t have a go at them personally or we won’t allow you on air.
The same applies to the blog. We will not print comments that degenerate into childish and , frankly, cowardly attacks on individuals. take issue with their views by all means but leave the personal stuff out.
I used to work at a station here in the U.K, and often when we discussed a subject we’d get the most damning and insulting text messages. When we attempted to contact these people to see if they wanted to speak to people on the radio it’s amazing how shy and retiring they suddenly became.
In the short history of this programme we’ve brought together people with astonishingly diverse opinions on a whole range of subjects. It’s crucial to our understanding of important issues. I’m not going to allow the programme and the community around it to just miss the point of WHYS. You get personal,your comments won’t appear.