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This post was published more than 14 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 14 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 14 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  • Factual information might be outdated.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...

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 304th post was filed under: Election 2005, News and Comment.

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