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

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  • Factual information might be outdated.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...

This is worth a read: I certainly had no idea this kind of thing was going on.

This 379th post was filed under: News and Comment.

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Some random old posts

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Fox-Hunting / September 2004, 2 minutes long

James is wrong about giving 16- and 17-year-olds the vote / May 2015, 8 minutes long

Working hard / January 2013, Less than a minute long

About Mr Kennedy / February 2005, 7 minutes long

The solution to ITV’s problems / March 2009, 5 minutes long


Comments and responses

Comment from Anonymous


by Anonymous

Comment posted at 12:50 on 17th April 2005.

This is the best way to deal with unwelcome immigrants.


Comment from sjhoward


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 14:32 on 17th April 2005.

The article says:

His mother was shot dead for her political beliefs. So was his father. He was looked after by foster parents in London until he turned 18. Then he was locked up so that he can be ‘dumped’ abroad. Soon we’ll be doing this to 16-year-olds…

And you think that’s the best way to deal with unwelcome immigrants? Either you’re excessively harsh in your approach, or I’m just a soft-touch. But I wouldn’t allow kids in the country to grow up and then deport them once they’ve acheived that objective. Besides which, why would you let immigrants you perceive to be unwelcome into the country in the first place? And which immigrants do you perceive to be unwelcome? And, as I recall, isn’t this guy an asylum seeker rather than an immigrant?


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