Like most people who have worked or studied at a British university, I am quite angry about what is happening to the university system.
I suspect that Sir Howard Newby will, rightly or wrongly, act as a lightening rod for wider concerns over how the university system works.
Do link to Ecologics, a great blog, that I was unaware of until it was closed down after blogging about Sir Howard,
Happily its back and it deserves a huge audience:
The EcoLogics blog is under attack
A short message to thank all the people who have visited the website in the wake of WordPress’s decision to remove several EcoLogics posts concerning Sir Howard Newby. I have contacted WordPress to request clarification as to the how’s and why’s of their actions. When WordPress answers my queries I will post further commentary on the subject—please stay tuned, and thanks again for your support.
Update at 14.50, 6/1/10: still no answer to my email requesting clarification. I am assuming that there will be some kind of reply to my last request for info, but if not will publish some remarks tomorrow morning (GMT). One of the things that I want to say is that I’m really disappointed—not with the people behind the action, of course, but with WordPress, which has thus far been a kind of internet hero for me. Having said that, I have no doubt that the events reflect the state of libel laws in the UK, laws which I’ve written about here in EcoLogics.
Anyway, thanks again to everyone for visiting this site; whoever is behind the action to remove the posts has inadvertently generated something of a ratings bonanza for this tiny blog.