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This post was published more than 15 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 15 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and write about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

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

  • My views may well have changed in the last 15 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

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

The interview between Jeremy Paxman and George Galloway which helped keep me awake for another couple of minutes back on Friday morning has made it onto the BBC website. It’s well worth watching, it you want to see someone who is clearly a prat demand to be congratulated on winning an electoral seat.

Also worth reading is The Friday Project‘s verdict on Michael Howard’s election strategy:

It’s been the political equivalent of the Shake and Vac adverts: artless and unsubtle, but even the biggest dunderhead can’t miss the point: do the Shake and Vac and put the freshness back. Or should that be ‘send ’em back’?

I don’t agree with their take, but nor do I agree with the BNP supporter also quoted in this week’s edition:

‘I’m tired of living this Orwellian nightmare. I’ll be damned if new labour [sic] are going to keep stamping on my face. Go get em [sic], BNP – Sue Croft, Spalding’

Orwellian nightmare? In Spalding, Lincolnshire? We checked the town’s website and it doesn’t look much like Airstrip One. We can only conclude that Sue is slightly prone to melodrama: ‘It’s like the film Zulu round here! By which I mean I once saw a black man innocuously walking down the road.’

But if I tell you all the best bits here, you won’t run off and subscribe, and then the Friday peeps won’t be happy with me. So run along and read their site, and subscribe to The Friday Thing.

You love your cat. You hate his litter tray. If only you could have one without the other.

Well actually, I don’t like cats or litter trays. But if you have a cat, you can now buy one of these. Joy of joys.

That’s a few loose ends cleared up for now…

This 566th post was filed under: Election 2005.


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