Wednesday, 19 September 2012


I’ve recently had a small string of abusive comments to some of my posts from a troll well known to previous readers of retired (and missed) blogger Dr Aust. Now I know some people regard deletion of comments on a blog as a form of censorship but I don’t see it that way. I’m not trying to stop anyone expressing their point of view, but nor am I obliged to allow my blog to be used as a platform for people I regard as objectionable. They can say whatever they please, but not here. And so I’ve quietly and without fuss simply deleted his comments and not been drawn into a slanging match. It's my blog, I can do it, and I will.

He’s obviously noticed this and started commenting under a different user name, but the style is the same and I’m not fooled for a moment. His first comment was the single word “to**er” (sic) Why he can’t just write “tosser” I don’t know. And then he accuses me of bringing the entire medical profession into disrepute by making rude comments about past and present health ministers.

I think that’s rather good, being accused of bringing the profession into disrepute by a man who has previously been dismissed from his post because of gross misconduct.