The running feud between Christopher Sheil and Norman Hanscombe is really getting quite out of hand IMO, and spoiling everyone’s enjoyment of what could otherwise be challenging and worthwhile debates. I don’t intend to censor or ban anyone from this site because it’s against my principles, nor am I going to get into refereeing the dispute or assigning blame. I just want both of you to bloody well stop. There’s not a single point that either of you is now making on Windschuttle et al that hasn’t already been rehashed ad nauseum. I enjoy the aggressive cut and thrust of robust debate as much as the next bloke, and more than most, but this situation has long since passed that point.
Cut it out and let’s move on. Let each other’s wrong-uns go through to the keeper. Most of them aren’t on the stumps anyway. No-one except the dickheads will think less of you for showing such restraint; in fact most of us will breathe deep sighs of relief.
PS – For me at least, this is a significant test of whether blogging is capable of sustaining worthwhile civil and civic discourse. If we have to ban someone, or if a participant storms off and starts a blog where they can choose who’s permitted to participate in discussion (as Niall Cook seems to advocate), then the whole exercise has invalidated itself and become a futile argument fest for closed minds. Surely we’re capable of better.