Terms and conditions

Engaging with the blog ‘house rules’

I want this to be a friendly and open blog which members can read and engage with. If you are not used to this kind of online conversation, please take a minute to read this advice and keep it in mind whenever you get in touch.

I know you won’t always agree with me, but I do ask to be treated with respect. Any abusive emails will not be responded to and may be reported. Emails are a private communication channel, but from time to time it may be necessary to share them in order to get information that may help the sender.

I will do my best to respond to questions and comments as quickly and effectively as possible, however there may be times when there is a delay, if this is the case please be patient as I will do what I can to get back to you as soon as is practically possible.

I can’t help if you are in a workplace dispute, but your trade union probably can.


I will not reply to anyone spamming me repetitively with the same point after I have already replied to that point. Disagreement is healthy, but I don’t believe in flogging dead horses.


I do not want to see any emails which are:

Abusive, harassing, stalking, threatening or attacking anyone (the police have enough work to do)
Or emails which are defamatory, offensive, obscene, vulgar or depicting violence
Hateful in language targeting race/ethnicity, religion, gender, nationality or political beliefs
Fraudulent, deceptive, misleading or unlawful
Attachments that contain viruses or programs that could damage the operation of my computer
Link baiting (embedding a link in your email to draw traffic to your own site)
Any advertising

Any emails must be relevant to The Co-op. Unsolicited emails that advertise a commercial service or product will be added to my spam filter.

I reserve the right to block anyone for serious violations or repeat violations of this policy.
I want any member to be able to contact me if they would like to, this policy is to make it easier for me to manage emails and keep replying. Thank you for your understanding and support in keeping this blog accessible to any member who would like to interact with it.

I reserve the right to change these terms and conditions at any point, not least because things change so fast in the online environment. If they are important to you, please check back regularly.