Are any other employees who blog, particularly public sector ones, quaking in their shoes and ‘pulling the blanket over their head’? There I was battling with my laptop’s wi-fi connection when Hubby started reading me an article from The Telegraph and as he read I stopped checking my connections and started veering between feeling indignant and considering whether to delete my blog. What was the content of the article? Well it was about NightJack, sorry, no point in linking as he has ceased blogging and deleted his blog. Why has this police detective given up his Orwell Prize winning blog? Well, it’s all down to The Times challenging his right to remaining anonymous and a certain Mr Justice Eady agreeing with them. This member of the judiciary has been known previously for defending a persons right to privacy, it was he who pronounced that Maxine Carr was entitled to life-long anonymity, in fact “The judge’s critics argue that he has introduced his own “Eady’s law” of privacy by repeatedly ruling against newspapers and building up a formidable body of case law on which public figures can rely when they wish to gag the media”. What happened this time then, why hasn’t case law supported this bloggers right to privacy, perhaps because NightJack isn’t a public figure?
This decision is terrible as far as employees who blog about their jobs, especially if their blog highlights concerns and/or criticises the organisations they work in. I am krill in the blogging ocean, NightJack was registering 60,000 hits a day, a positive blue whale in comparison to Midwifemuse. There are still similarities though that both blogs attempt to portray what our jobs involve, to inform the public and to voice the frustrations encountered when trying to perform our duties. Frustrations generated by the public themselves, whether through misunderstanding the constraints we operate within or deliberately by making unreasonable demands. Frustrations felt as a result of media reporting or, for me, the biggest bugbear of all, bureaucracy. Any similarities end there so I am taking comfort in my microscopic blogging credentials. I wouldn’t say I feel cocooned but I do feel that I am fathoms below the sonar so I shall continue my drifting and not go into a mad panic if I see anyone approaching me with a camera.