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This post was published more than 12 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 12 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 12 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  • Factual information might be outdated.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...

One of the big political bloggers – Recess Monkey – finds his credibility in his boots this morning, after having to issue a correction about Margaret Thatcher’s death. Primarily because she’s alive.

Of course, much of what political bloggers (including me) post turns out in the wash to be fairly inaccurate, but prematurely reporting the death of one of the most important Prime Ministers of the last century pushes credibility a little bit far.

But hey, Recess Monkey‘s a good read, and (if nothing else) there are links pointing to his site as a result of this. New links means new readers, so it might all turn out well. We can only hope.

This 1,076th post was filed under: Blogging.

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Comments and responses

Comment from Matt


by Matt

Comment posted at 09:11 on 5th March 2007.

Is Clem dead?!


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 12:56 on 5th March 2007.

Well, even for 124, he don’t look good… I did say ‘one of’, and also ‘most important’ – not necessarily the best – surely even the biggest fans of Atlee can’t deny that she was important 😉

That’s a brilliant blog you’ve got, by the way – not sure how I’ve missed it, but it’s on the Blogroll now 🙂


Comment from john miller


by john miller

Comment posted at 22:18 on 5th March 2007.

Hey he’s left unmoderated comments on so he has (copyright ID) cojones(! jeez ID!!!). Many of his political persuasion have shut up shop and gone away for much lesser gaffes.


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