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This post was published more than 13 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. Not everything that is old is bad. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have mellowed and matured.

But given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views might very well have changed in the 13 years since I wrote this post. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find pretty embarrassing today.
  • This post might use language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate or offensive.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken; embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

So Labour’s new slogan isn’t actually a million miles away from my suggestion after all, then. It does seem strange that a party in power for eight years should be telling us to forget the past – the logical way to interpret it is that they’re ashamed of their record.

Though I believe that Alan Milburn (of whom I’m not a particular fan) has already been out defending this badly written Campbell-ine soundbite, saying that

the “back” of the slogan referred to Tory failures, and not to the past eight years of Labour government.

Surely they must have realised that this would just make them look like comic fools before they unleashed it?

This 305th post was filed under: Election 2005, News and Comment.






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