Okay, unfortunately, I’ve had to ban someone from the Facebook pages from the Time 4 Change group. I think in all of the time this thing has been running, I’ve banned about three people for being keyboard warriors and others who would like to use this for reasons other than what it was set up to achieve. Likewise I’ve had to trash a comment on the main site following a comment from another associated with Time 4 Change.
The reason? I won’t have our writers abused and insulted simply for holding a different opinion or even getting something slightly inaccurate or not being as full-on enthusiastic about a march as some of those committed to the protest march before the Liverpool game at St James’ Park on 19/Oct/13.
I took some persuading to set the TF Facebook pages up because my experience of message-boards was they generated a tone of debate I couldn’t be arsed with but 99% of the time the Facebook pages are good fun and decent craic – a million miles from the anonymous cyber-bullshitting I’ve read elsewhere. Long may that continue.
For the record, I’ve met Graeme Cansdale one of the key organisers of the Time 4 Change group, to discuss this march and agreed to do a Q & A with him about the merits of the march and attempt to put to him some of the points and questions I hear from Mags every day about marches and protests.
Graeme has had those questions since Sunday but I understand there’s a good reason he’s not replied yet. Hopefully, I’ll get the answers soon.
I want to give Time 4 Change a fair crack of the whip and a space will be found at true-faith.co.uk to allow Graeme to say everything he wants to say and for Time 4 Change to persuade supporters the march is worth supporting. Personally, I’m undecided but every time someone from Time 4 Change goes off on one, I have to confess my misgivings increase.
For my own part, I’d like to learn from Graeme what the plan is as so far, all we’ve had are slogans and wishful thinking.
When I get Graeme’s answers, they will be published here and there will be an opportunity for those who support and oppose the march to make their opinions heard in the comments boxes below. If the march does go ahead, I’ll also invite Time 4 Change to write a piece which I’ll publish in the next issue of true faith (TF107). Though if true faith scribblers are insulted or Time 4 Change people behave incorrectly, that will be off the table.
Here’s a tip though, I’ve never known anyone change their mind or be persuaded after being insulted. People are funny like that.
Keep On, Keepin’ on …