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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  • Factual information might be outdated.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...

My name featured on the front page of The Independent

Well, it had to happen some time. Despite the rather dodgy scanning (why can’t I find a cover shot when I want one?), the zoomed version clearly shows that I was featured on the front page of today’s Independent for supporting their voting reform campaign, which I mentioned here back on Thursday.

Over 4000 people have already signed their petition, and I strongly encourage you to do the same. If only to get them to accept that Labour won the election, and get back to reporting real news.

This 595th post was filed under: News and Comment, Politics.

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Some random old posts

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2D: Religion & stuff / October 2013, 1 minute long

MPs’ fury at Blair and Brown / January 2005, 2 minutes long

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Comments and responses

Comment from Bruce the Inebriate


by Bruce the Inebriate

Comment posted at 01:47 on 22nd May 2005.

But how can you be sure that is the same Simon Howard and not one of the other tens of thousands of Simon Howards?


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 02:02 on 22nd May 2005.

Because it was a list of all of those who had signed their petition – and I had done so.


Comment from Snipcock the Lawyer


by Snipcock the Lawyer

Comment posted at 15:11 on 22nd May 2005.

That might be so, but where is the evidence that you are the same Simon Howard who signed the petition?

The evidence is purely circumstantial and no jury would be prepared to convict on such a flimsy connexion.

What we need is evidence beyond reasonable doubt!


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 22:11 on 22nd May 2005.

Well I’m afraid there’s no better evidence I can supply. So you’re just going to have to trust me or doubt me.


Comment from Snipcock the Lawyer


by Snipcock the Lawyer

Comment posted at 01:49 on 28th May 2005.

You will be judged by the jury of popular opinion.


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 13:12 on 4th September 2005.

Indeed I will


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