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This post was published more than 13 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 13 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 13 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  • Factual information might be outdated.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...

A week ago, Johnathon Freeland wrote an excellent piece for The Grauny, comparing decision making in the TV drama 24 with the post-London-bombing decision making taken by the Government. He essentially concludes that, with respect to terror legislation,

Almost all of the Blair proposals are… superficially appealing, but on closer inspection either flawed or unnecessary.

It’s well worth reading, and I would’ve blogged it last week had I been near a Pea-Sea, but I was not. But it’s still relevant, very well-written, and makes its arguments in a very convincing way.

This 714th post was filed under: News and Comment.

Some recently published posts

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‘Inappropriate’ A&E attendances / April 2019, 3 minutes long

Cruise ships and me / April 2019, 6 minutes long

Some thoughts on print newspapers / April 2019, 5 minutes long

What I’ve been reading this month / April 2019, 4 minutes long

Some random old posts

Review: Living with Teenagers / October 2012, 4 minutes long

Review: The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford / January 2014, 3 minutes long

Anatomy for beginners / January 2005, 1 minute long

Birthday message… and a bit of a whoopsie / November 2006, 1 minute long

The life-changing magic of tidying / January 2015, 5 minutes long

Dirty Government incentivised / June 2005, 2 minutes long


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