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Hold up!

See that little date above?

This post was published years ago.

My opinions have changed over time: I think it's quite fun to keep old posts online so that you can see how that has happened. The downside is that there are posts on this site that express views that I now find offensive, or use language in ways I'd never dream of using it today.

I don't believe in airbrushing history, but I do believe that it's important to acknowledge the obvious: some of what I've written in the past has been crap. Some of it was offensive. Some of it was offensively bad. And there's may be some brass among the muck (you can make up your own mind on that).

Some of what I've presented as my own views has been me—wittingly or unwittingly—posturing without having considered all the facts. In a few years, I'll probably think the same about what I'm writing today, and I'm fine with that. Things change. People grow. Society moves forward.

The internet moves on too, which means there might be broken links or embedded content that fails to load. If you're unlucky, that might mean that this post makes no sense at all.

So please consider yourself duly warned: this post is an historical artefact. It's not an exposition of my current views nor a piece of 'content' than necessarily 'works'.

You may now read on... and in most cases, the post you're about to read is considerably shorter than this warning box, so brace for disappointment.

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 post was filed under: News and Comment, Politics.

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Comments and responses

Comment from Bruce the Inebriate


    01.47, 22/05/2005

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)


    02.02, 22/05/2005

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


Comment from Snipcock the Lawyer


    15.11, 22/05/2005

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)


    22.11, 22/05/2005

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


    01.49, 28/05/2005

You will be judged by the jury of popular opinion.


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


    13.12, 04/09/2005

Indeed I will




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