This blog comes courtesy of three readers of previous blogs, whose ideas will hopefully spark debate and involvement from others.
First, thanks to Jane Appleton who had the idea of trying to make ‘Facebook friends of AC’ one of the fifty £50k donors to Leukaemia Research for the charity’s fiftieth anniversary.We launched this yesterday in honour of Henry Hodge who died aged 64. This is the second of what will be many appeals to visit www.justgiving.com/alastaircampbell to make Jane’s idea happen, and to have Henry posthumously in the donors’ list.
Second, thanks to someone called Mike who posted as follows a few days ago … ‘I must commend you and your site for allowing some of the comments you allow on here, which really are quite unpleasant about you personally, and about your politics. By contrast, I regularly post critical comments on the main media websites, which profess to believe in freedom of speech, yet which often never appear. They are vetted out. I have tried to post several in your defence on the Mail’s website but none have appeared. Then I wrote something critical of you – just to test it out – and lo and behold, there it was in minutes. They believe in freedom of speech, provided you speak what they want you to.’
Then someone told me something very similar happened to them when trying to post anti-Guardian points on the Guardian website. I was quite shocked by this. As Mike says, if any part of our society believes truly in freedom of speech, surely it ought to be the media. I have had people saying why do you allow people on your own website to call you a war criminal or a murderer? The answer is that we allow comments that are libellous or offensive about me, but not if they are libellous or overly offensive about others. It means very few comments don’t get on.
Anyway, I’d like to hear from people about which sites don’t carry their comments, and what sort of comments they block. I also like Mike’s idea of putting up different shades of comment on the main sites to help prove his point.
Third, thanks to Denise Lunn, a youth sector volunteer who helps youngsters fill in CVs, and posted a comment asking if I would give advice of how to ‘spin your CV and stay honest.’ Her example was instead of saying ‘cleaner’, say ‘maintaining high standards of hygiene.’
I think ‘hygiene standards officer’ might be better, Denise.
So what else?
Bar staff – cocktails maker, good with people.
Paperboy – good early riser, experience of media.
Babysitter – extensive experience of childcare, trusted by parents with the most precious task of all.
Washing cars – started own business, aged twelve, in local community.
Petrol pump attendant – junior position in oil industry.
Shelf-stacking – retail assistant.
Football ground steward – active part-time in community policing.
Having parents – experienced in protracted and delicate negotiations.
Over to you, twitterers, Facebook friends and blog visitors.
And don’t forget, re the
Leukaemia Research appeal, that any donation, no matter how small, will help us get to the fifty thousand.