I think Steve and Chucky are just old codgers.
As far as "even handed" is concerned, I feel Steve's critique can be pretty much summed up as "I want Steve Heap's Sidmouth back, I'm not going to give the new management much chance to find their feet". Either that or he is going for the tough love method "this was utter shite, do better or fail".
On discussion of ceilidhs. I went to the LNE almost every night. I did not dance (no one would dance with me) I did manage to converse perfectly happily with my friends, for the most part without raised voices. "For the people who sat out some or all of ceilidh dances, conversation was virtually impossible." is therefore innaccurate. Consider this a constructive criticism of your critique Steve.