I have received a message from my hoster, telling me that there has been a complaint lodged with them regarding the form of words that I used in one sentence of my post ‘The International Language of Screaming’. The person who has complained has not alleged defamation or libel and has admitted that the facts in the post are correct. They have complained because they maintain that I have implied that Julian Paulley obtained a law degree from the University of Buckingham because of the role that his father, Dr John W. Paulley, played in establishing that University. I have been told that Julian Paulley did not obtain his degree from Buckingham by any other means than earning it through the usual process.
I have amended the wording of the post accordingly and am happy to clarify that I have no evidence at all that Julian acquiring a law degree from Buckingham University had anything to do with his father’s role in the founding of that institution.
My worry isn’t about the nature of the complaint, it is about the timing. Once more, someone has raised a trivial issue and timed their complaint to arrive with my hoster, which has a policy of requiring a response to complaints within 48 hours, late on a Friday afternoon. The hoster is based in the Philippines and I cannot get hold of them over the weekend. The deadline for me responding will fall tomorrow afternoon. If an automatic system doesn’t understand that I have amended accordingly, the blog could disappear without notice at a time when I cannot contact the hoster.
A wily old fox used this method in an attempt to have me taken offline some months ago, although there was no substance to their complaint.
So if the blog disappears tomorrow afternoon, that is what has happened. Can I ask everyone with time and energy to save as much of the blog as they can, which is what people have kindly done in the past when the blog has been under threat?
I still have more people to name and more parts of the picture to fill in, so if the blog is taken offline, obviously I will be working on resurrecting it again as soon as possible.
People are welcome to e mail me, but I don’t do twitter or have any other websites or online things…
Many thanks/Diolch yn fawr.