I see our illustrious erstwhile shadow defence secretary has begun running a blog. The other day he posted an article attacking the government for using consultants in MOD to dispose of the harrier and for other tasks. I posted on his blog a comment, using my blogger ID that it was midly hypocritical to accuse the MOD of using consultants, when the same thing had been happening when his party was in office. Interestingly, two days later, and one visit to my blog from his site, I see that my comment is still 'awaiting moderation', yet another 'labour rules, death to tories' type post created 24 hours later has mysteriously been published. Now I suppose I shouldnt be surprised, but I cant help but feel very dissapointed that the man who wishes to be the political leader of a department dedicated to defending the right to freedom of speech, is unwilling to permit its existence on his blog. I'm not naive enough to think that this is a labour only thing. I suspect politicians of all parties are similar. I just find it so depressing to see someone run a blog, open it for comments and then refuse to have a real debate about things. As a taxpayer, i'm probably paying for him to run that site, and it would be nive to think i could have a meaningful dialogue with an mp, and not be ignored because i suggest something contrary to their view. I know of people who have debated issues with mp's via blogs and i think it really boosts democracy. Am I alone in being mildly concerned that someone who could be our new boss doesnt like to let people suggest an opinion which is contrary to his own?