Our moderation policy

The comment threads on the New Statesman website are post-moderated. This is to provide a real-time forum to discuss the issues of the day. At best it makes for a lively, thoughtful and interactive experience. Occasionally, however, those threads become hostile and unwelcoming places to visit.

So, for clarity's sake here is our simple moderation policy.

We will act to remove comments that we consider to be:

1. Personally abusive towards the author, fellow site users or any other individual

2. Extremely offensive

3. Threatening

4. Racist, homophobic or sexist

5. Overtly commercial

6. Legally contentious

7. Off-topic

Comments will be moderated between 10am and 6pm Monday to Friday. Threads remain open for 48 hours after the publication of the article. Comments left outside those hours will be moderated at the earliest opportunity. Those who persistently contravene our moderation policy may be placed on pre-moderation, meaning that their comments won't appear on the site until they have been approved by a member of the editorial team, or even banned outright.

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