Today’s Ephriam Hardcastle column in the Daily Mail made the sort of snide unpleasant comments about Iain Dale that you expect of homophobes. It’s generated a lot of hostile comment around the internet, including this post from Stephen Glenn, people being encouraged by Kate Bevan via Twitter to complain to the Press Complaints Commission and Iain himself deciding to lodge a complaint.
There’s one curious little twist I noticed. You see, when you look at the story on the Daily Mail website, it has the usual comment features but no comments are published.
Ah, you say, but perhaps no-one has made any comments? Well, I know that to be untrue because at least one person did. Viz, myself. Ah you say, but perhaps they haven’t moderated the comments yet? Well, I know that to be very unlikely because I submitted the comment before breakfast and on past experience comments would have appeared several hours ago. In fact, I can’t think of any story on the Daily Mail website where I’ve tracked the comments (and I have quite often, as you can see from this example) and where it takes more than a full working day for them to start appearing.
What’s going on? Two obvious possibilities: lots of comments posted criticising the Mail and they’ve decided to pull down the shutters. Or the lawyers have got involved and gone for the cautious route of not letting any comments appear.
Either way, it would appear all is not calm in Daily Mail towers when it comes to this story…