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This post was published more than 15 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 15 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 write 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 15 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find cringeworthy today.
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Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

‘I wish I hadn’t said that’ (Guardian)

Here’s something I wish Bush hadn’t said:

I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will try to the best of my ability, to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

But he’s set to say that again come Thursday. But I’ll be in an exam, so I won’t have to see him say it. At least not live, anyway.

As much as I mock him, I do think it’s good of him to come out and say that he regrets saying these things. Certianly not the kind of thing you’d catch Mr Blair doing. Although I think Blair would be in a better position now if he had just come out and said that he regretted certain statements a while ago, even if he couldn’t bring himself to say ‘sorry’; though it would be a bad idea to do so now, as that would get his Iraq failures right back on the front pages for weeks. Of course, Mr Blair thinks it’s a great strength to appear to be sticking to your guns, and never admitting you were wrong. He hasn’t got a reverse gear. And back in ’97 that was a good thing. But it’s not serving him as well as an alternative strategy could at this moment in time.

So does this make George Bush a better leader than Tony Blair? No. But it doesn’t exactly make Blair look great, either.

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