Actually the thread on which I referred to "rats jumping ship" was the one about Chuka having jumped ship to the Lib Dems.
I had used the expression as a colloquialism, one which is in common every day use and felt it should have been totally acceptable. I also felt that deleting the whole post was somewhat over-zealous, or was perhaps being moderated by a Chuka supporter.
If someone took issue with the word "rat", then that alone could have been xxxxxx'd out, instead of the whole post being deleted.
When later JoyofBrexit quoted my post that then disappeared, as did two other posts, one from Lootman, when I queried the use/acceptability of "rat's rectum". I thought some remainers were ganging up on me and "ratting me out" to the Mods unnecessarily.
So I felt trapped and quite ratted off by the whole situation.
I do now keep a copy of my posts.
Anyway, I have put all that behind me, and I don't think Rory will last much longer now, so this thread will likely "sink without a trace", or if that phrase is unacceptable "peter out".