For a variety of reasons we have decided to remove the direct comment facility on our website. It has not been used extensively over the years and we have found that discussion is more likely to be generated on facebook than on our site itself.
We also believe that the trend of posting comments on the internet using pseudonyms is not a positive development. We think a positive debating culture will only be fostered when people are publicly accountable for their views.
We are not removing the comment facility to restrict people's ability to communicate opposing views. Indeed over the years we have facilitated access to critical comments and even posted them for people.
What we are asking is for people to email their comments on blogs directly to us using their own name. As long as they are not offensive, we shall then post them at the bottom of the blog as soon as possible. Please email them to email@example.com