For the greater part of a decade I have maintained this blog, and out of the greater part of four thousand posts, I have taken down no more than half a dozen which caused upset or offence. I try to be responsible but I don't always get it right, and in recent weeks have managed to get it wrong, at least for some readers, on at least two occasions, which feels like two too many.
This is not me taking a huff and stomping off with my ball; this is me recognising that I need to step back and think afresh whether this is the appropriate platform for the things I write about. It's not about who is 'right' or who is 'wrong', it's about me trying to take seriously my responsibilities.
So, sincere apologies to anyone who I have hurt, upset or offended in recent times.
And apologies to anyone who is disappointed at my decision.
For the next little while, at least, I will not be blogging, if only to give me time to reflect carefully on what is or is not suitable for public consumption.