No post today

Around February 6, FT.com introduced a change in the template through which I submit my posts to Maverecon.  This caused me to lose any vestige of editorial control over the comments submitted to my blog.  All I see is what you see – the comments actually published after vetting/filtering by FT.com.

Until the status quo ante is restored, and I can see the entire flow of comments that have been submitted, I will not post to Maverecon.  My personal comment-vetting policy is rather more permissive than that of FT.com – I have never knowingly turned down a comment.  I understand that the FT has to worry about lawsuits, and that it has policies against personal attacks/abuse etc. in any publication and on any website that carries its name.  Naturally, our interests and positions are not perfectly aligned.  By agreeing to move my blog to FT.com, I agreed to abide by a certain code.

But I need the information to be able to argue my side of the ‘what can be published’ issue.  Until I can see the entire flow of comments – good, bad and ugly – I am not even aware of what has been filtered out.  So until my information base is restored, I will take a break from posting.

Maverecon: Willem Buiter

Willem Buiter's blog ran until December 2009. This blog is no longer active but it remains open as an archive.

Professor of European Political Economy, London School of Economics and Political Science; former chief economist of the EBRD, former external member of the MPC; adviser to international organisations, governments, central banks and private financial institutions.

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