I've finally decided to delete on-line "news" magazine Narrowboat World from my list of Waterways Links on this blog. I've been getting increasingly fed up with its constant carping and negative attitude towards the Canal and River Trust, who I think ought to be given a fair chance to prove themselves as suitable guardians of the waterways as successors to British Waterways (who I didn't think were actually all that bad, considering.)
The final straw was a stupid post by contributor Allan Richards accusing the Inland Waterways Association of hypocrisy for encouraging the Trust to enforce the rules on continuous cruising (under which boats without a home mooring must move on at least every fourteen days as part of a progressive journey around the network) on the basis that the IWA's founder, Tom Rolt, moored his boat at Tardebigge for an alleged 1800 days.
The "continuous cruising" rules were introduced in an Act of Parliament in 1995. Tom Rolt was at Tardebigge exactly 50 years before: the 1995 legislation was not retrospective!
There is a need for an on-line "newspaper" covering the waterways, but I can't put up with Narrowboat World's drivel any longer.