I’m starting to think that it may be time for a new tagline. It’s not that I don’t intend to continue trying to keep things civil, it’s more that my tagline seems to be more a rod for my back, than anything else. I haven’t always succeeded in my goal of trying to be civil, but I can only think of 4 or 5 occasions when I’ve been rather less civil than I might hope to be. That doesn’t seem too bad in more than a year of discussing what is clearly a contentious topic. Also, one involved Stephen Goddard, so I’m not sure that really counts. Of course, if I do behave less civilly than I should, the normal retort is then “what happened to your civility”? It seems some don’t understand the meaning of the word trying and also that my stated aim of trying to be civil doesn’t then give them free reign to act like jerks without being called out.
Strangely, though, Andrew Montford appears to be claiming that I was rude about him when he blocked me. I neither remember being rude about him, nor him blocking me, so I’m rather confused by this claim. Maybe Andrew thinks that two wrongs makes a right. If I was to follow the normal procedure in these circumstances, I would strongly state that what he’s said is libelous, and that he should retract what he’s said or provide proof, but that’s just too childish for words in these circumstances. I’ve no idea why he’s chosen to say something that appears not to be true, but presumably he has his reasons. I have no great interest in finding out.
I don’t quite know whether or not I should change my tagline and, if so, what I should change it to. I quite like this one, but I think that there are many involved in this topic who don’t get irony. So, I thought I might ask my well-informed readers if they had any suggestions. If you do have a view, feel free to make it through the comments.