Apologies to everyone for switching pre-moderation on, then off, then back on again. I'm afraid this Hokey Cokey routine may be the pattern of things to come, because I'm simply no longer willing to tolerate our resident troll, and he just doesn't seem to have got the memo. I know people will say "oh but you put up with GWC for years", but this latest character is much darker - he's profoundly racist (against Scots and others), homophobic, and just about every other facet of bigotry you can think of. A fair proportion of the Jockbashing trolling is directed at me personally ("Hey Scotty the Scrounger, Get Bedxit Done", etc, etc) and I make no apology for saying that has played a part in my decision.
Of course there are also troll comments from other directions, and I was particularly bemused by a lengthy anonymous comment yesterday from a chap who pompously informed me that he was going to stop reading the blog because I had failed to apply any critical thought to the story about my sister's phone being found under twenty feet of sand on Gullane beach. Honestly, if you feel the need for a self-important rant of that sort, take it elsewhere. I simply related the story as I had picked it up, and no, I didn't stop to consider whether the twenty feet thing was feasible. I now gather it was actually twenty centimetres. A shout-out to Latvia, by the way, because at least one of the couple who found the phone is Latvian. They go metal detecting in different locations every weekend and are hoping one day they might find a Roman coin.
Turning to another subject, the fundraiser for the next Scot Goes Pop poll has reached its target - in fact as things stand it's exceeded the target by precisely £1! A million thanks to everyone who donated - both large and small donations were absolutely crucial to getting us there. I had a real blast from the past earlier today - my old 'friend' from the 2014 indyref, Lap Gong Leong, contacted me from Hong Kong with a couple of suggestions for poll questions. In fairness they were perfectly reasonable suggestions, and I'll consider them with all the other great suggestions that you've left in the comments section. Hopefully we'll get some more good results from the poll - but, as always, remember there are no guarantees.