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Moderation policy

We moderate all the comments on this site before they are published. Usually this takes 24 hours during the week, but we can't always guarantee this.

We want readers to learn something when they read posts, and to be able to take part in a constructive debate about the subject matter.

This relies on all participants being polite and adhering to comment guidelines.

As a rule of thumb before you post a comment think:

Is this on topic, does it add constructive value to the discussion and can UK Civil Service answer publicly?

If so, we'll approve your comment. If we need to seek further advice we will let you know.

If your comment doesn't appear or is removed, it means the team feel it does not follow the site participation guidelines listed below.

Commenting closes 30 days after posts are published, to ensure discussion is current.