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

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. 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 13 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 wrote 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 13 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  • Factual information might be outdated.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...

From Auntie:

Dear Mr Pa.

Thank you for your letter to the prime minister, the contents of which have been noted.

Unfortunately, we cannot take up your suggestion but we suggest you contact your local MP or Citizens Advice Bureau.

That was Number Ten’s response to a letter from Tony Blair’s dad congratulating him on becoming Prime Minister. And to think… some say this government overlooks personal cases in favour of policies! Where on Earth did they get that idea from?

This 717th post was filed under: News and Comment.

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