Bookstart: The chattering classes get their way – again (Daily Telegraph)


By Stephen Pollard
December 28, 2010
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I have a piece in today's Telegraph on the Bookstart U-turn. It's here.

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Anonymous

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 15:51

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Joe Millis

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 16:01

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Kahina, have you seen the unmoderated comments in some other places, such as the Telegraph and Comment is Free? Anyway, it look like the one above yours is prompted by some program that picks out key words.


Yoni1

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 16:03

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And one that was written by an illiterate.


Yoni1

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 16:10

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This government has about as much backbone and resolve as a poodle on Valium. Just look at the way they are 'tackling' antisemitism in Islamic schools.
Gove was a big talker in opposition. He has turned out to be a total useless wanker.


Kahina

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 16:33

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Joe - you understand newspapers. You know there is someone behind the scenes moderating on the main publications. The Guardian close overnight so that the comments don't get out of hand. (I never thought I'd be defending CIF).

You also know that when you put up a post, you are engaging with your audience. You come back to the post to check reader comments. That spam comment went up Friday morning - it's now Saturday evening. Don't they have iphones to check?

No excuse.


Jonathan Hoffman

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 17:25

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Thanks possibly to me

http://www.zionismontheweb.org/CommentIsFree_ParliamentASCttee_July08.pd...

and definitely to CIFWatch.com

... the moderation on Guardian CIF has improved a bit though it is far from perfect.

I agree with Kahina. The JC presumably did not set up this blog for altruistic reasons but for commercial ones. It therefore has a duty to moderate it properly


Jonathan Hoffman

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 17:29

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As regards Bookstart it is really very simple.

In Economics 101 we learn that the government should not intervene unless there is a market failure. In this case the failure would be that the socially optimal outcome of literacy across society is higher than the outcome deriving from private decisions. In other words, if - in a society of 100 people if people are left to their own devices, only 50 would learn to read - then there is a case for government intervention.

That is clearly not the case. So Bookstart is not an appropriate use of public money.


Kahina

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 18:08

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Pleased to see that my 1st comment has been moderated :)))

Joe, did you send Stephen a message? Brownie points to you.


Joe Millis

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 19:31

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No, Kahina, I did not send the editor a message. I won't take credit for things for which I am not responsible. As to CiF etc, perhaps the JC, which I imagine has far fewer staff than the Guardian on its website, could shut down its comments facility outside office hours.


Yoni1

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 20:26

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Interesting that someone has deducted points from my post. Obviously this person doesn't think that Gove has proved to be a useless wanker.

I wait with bated breath to learn what marvellous things Gove has achieved, things that match his pompous words while in opposition.

Has he finally managed to shut down schools teaching antisemitism? Oh, of course not. He hasn't even tried.

Useless wanker.

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