Of course, as Mr. Tattiehead said, there can be a place for such discussions similar to the Whisky Chat. If someone were to create an "Iraq War" topic then let everyone argue whether we should blow them to pieces or fall at their feet and beg forgiveness. Any member who is not interested can simply move on to another topic. But as mentioned, there are topics that are affected by politcs that we can discuss without bringing partisanship into the equation. My concern is that we recently have been touching on, "This is the problem, and it's all Mr. X's fault, and if Mr. Y were in office, it never would have happened." Environmental concerns regarding peat, etc. have been the most recent culprits, but we have previously discussed whisky taxes similarly and began a social policy debate on wealth redistribution. It is more of an issue that when I want to read about whisky, I feel like I have walked into a Congressional debate or Question Time.
I would like to point out, in no uncertain terms, that we seem to adhere to this idea the vast majority of the time, and would like to mention that I immensely enjoy conversing with such a group of individuals.