Firstly, my apologies for not having been able to give as much time to this forum in recent times as normal, but life gets like that sometimes. I've returned, to find several PM's from posters asking, what the hell is going on in Current Affairs. There is considerable disquiet at the number of topics that are hijacked, bone or just pure and utter dross. On reading through Current Affairs this afternoon, I am frankly appalled at the sheer amount of garbage, be it tabloidesque, bigoted, agenda-driven or just absolutely irrelevant and I share the concerns that have been expressed. I and others, have worked hard on this forum over the last 5 years to create what was regarded in some quarters, as one of the finest Current Affairs forums available in Britain today. The forum had no discernable political bias, save perhaps 'small c' conservatism , and contributors argued and debated across the political spectrum. Arrse CA was read and contributed to , from the highest levels of Government, including the Prime Minister's office , The Lords, Parliament , Whitehall and the media and respected as a forum where posters knew of what they spoke, and presented their views in an erudite fashion. The topics were invariably centered around matters that affected the Armed Forces, and senior Army Officers, and civil servants, regarded it as a very useful weather vane. Matters raised and discussed here, have been implemented as policy, or have been used to finesse or re-approach issues concerning us. The sheer knowledge and experience exhibited here on many occasions, almost a "Forces Brains trust" if you will , attracted considerable interest. Arrse CA was invariably the first morning visit of those who are in a position to make a difference , be they our Lords and Masters or the Media. Arrse CA was a forum of influence , and a stunning testament to those posters that worked so hard to make it so. There was a time when I could disappear for weeks at a time, come back and find I had minimal corrective moderation to do, such was the quality of posts and posters However of late, we seem to have attracted utter dross, be they posters or topics. Topics are bone, lazy, ill-researched or just plain irrelevant. The influx of agenda-driven posters is a matter for concern too. The number of never-served civilians, who think posting racist diatribe will somehow win friends and influence people in the Forces seems to have increased. The number of civvies posting ill-conceived garbage, of little or no relevance or interest, or even any pertinence to this forum is alarming. Stop regarding this forum as a JAIF (just another Internet Forum). It is not. I am sick and tired of reading this forum, and finding either yet another regurguitated factually-incorrect Daily Hate originated topic about muslims, more "Gordon Brown is a cnut" with subsequent contributions being "yeah, what he said" and crap in a similar vein. I am sick and tired of seeing posts made by people with Internet tourettes ,who think it's big and clever to fill a post with invective. It's not. Read the rules of the forum. I am sick and tired of watching good and interesting topics, wrecked by the terminally ignorant, who simply haven't got the intellectual ability to contribute, so invariably drag a topic down to a level they and the single-celled can understand. The forum is called "Current Affairs and Analysis". It used to be about exactly that , and some very very good material was generated. Now it may just as well be called "Agenda-driven posting which will be the same as the last agenda-driven topic" So here's what's going to happen. Persist in Agenda-driven posts and there will be a blank space where Arrse used to be on your monitor. Persist in posting garbage -Ditto Persist in pointless ranting invective -Ditto Persist in thread hijacking - Ditto Do not think for one second, that the length of time you have been a member, or contributions to Arrse somehow gives you a Gold Pass to post sh1t on this forum, it doesn't. Persistent offending will earn you an 02 thief or in extremis, result in you being culled from this site. I and others , by which I mean quality posters, have worked too long and too hard on this forum, to see it destroyed by the machinations of a few. This was one of the finest forums on the net regarding issues that affect us, and it will be so again, and I don't care who I upset to get it back there.