In the current General Questions thread Why aren’t sheep bothered by having their testicles ripped out?, Hampshire essays a joke in post #7, as follows:
He is admonished for this in post #16 by Gfactor, who subsequently quotes the following GQ rule in post #20:
A fair call as the rules have it, in my opinion.
However, I am curious to know how far, if at all, this rule is policed where non-US politics are concerned. For example:
(1) If, especially at the next UK General Election but not excluding at any other time, I post a similar swipe at the New Labour Party (substitute Gordon Brown for McCain) would the same moderator actions still apply?
(2) If a supporter of the Liberal People’s Party in Sweden contributes a disparaging joke aimed at the Moderate Party (delete McCain and insert Fredrik Reinfeldt) would this similarly be picked up and be the subject of a terse response from a moderator?
(3) If a follower of the MDC submitted the same joke directed at ZANU-PF in Zimbabwe (Robert Mugabe this time) would this also be regarded as a transgression of the above rule and acted upon accordingly?