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Hold up! Before you read on, please read this...

This post was published more than 12 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 12 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  • Factual information might be outdated.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...

I’ve had more emails in the last few days about captioning a picture of Charles Kennedy with the word ‘Quitter’ than I have on anything else about this website. I therefore feel some need to explain myself!

Regular readers will already know that every time someone resigns from anything, I caption the picture ‘Quitter’, and always have (see here and here for prime examples). It isn’t designed to be some kind of cruel insult to the person, and nor is it designed to act as a comment on how their resignation came about. It’s supposed to act as satirical comment on the way that, in tabloids at least, no-one resigns any more: Everybody ‘Quits’. Mainly due to the fact that it makes for a punchier headline.

Similarly, the pictures I choose of people are intentionally ridiculous, again to satirise the way tabloids chose pictures with expressions that suit the story – whether or not the event at which the picture was taken is related to the story.

So, to clarify, calling Charles Kennedy a ‘quitter’ was not some kind of slur on his personality, as I hope was clear from the text. It was just one of my satirical traditions. Please do not be alarmed or insulted!

This 795th post was filed under: News and Comment.






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