Welcome to the very first entry in my brand new blog. Some of you may know me from my now discontinued Blog on the Times Group of newspapers. Some of you may be wondering why my blog disappeared. Some of you have probably guessed why. Anyway just to clear it up and end all the speculation, the reason it went is that Phil Crowther (the Editor of the Times) and I had a different idea of what my blog should be doing. Phil felt I was far too sensationalist in my presentation of stories and that this threatened the journalistic integrity of the Times Group of Newspapers. He was worried that I may "fall off the end of the pier" with something I said and land the whole group in trouble. He said that he didn't want to censor me, but felt that I was out of control in what I was posting. He's the editor, it's his paper and his call. I have no issue with Phil or the call he's made. If my blog didn't fit his vision, then thats fine. Thanks Phil for letting me share my 60 blogs with your readers. It was great while it lasted.
As for me, I loved my blog on the Times. Many people contacted me and personally thanked me for various issues I covered. People would stop me in the street and tell me how much they agreed with me, or come into the shop and discuss things. In the coming entries here, I will continue with the same themes. I have lots of juicy issues to discuss and hopefully entertain you with. I hope that without the constraints I was previously working under I will be an even better read. By the way, as I am busy I will only be able to moderate comments at irregular intervals. I will put all of them up unless they are illegal.
This entry though is just a quick hello and welcome.