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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  • Factual information might be outdated.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...

This was an incredibly brave thing for Polly Toynbee to write and publish in today’s Grauniad (though I’m not sure she’d have seen it in those terms). As usual, I agree with most of what she says, and she makes some very fair points. I realise that the whole point of the way this piece was constructed required it to be published on the day of the Pope’s funeral, but I’m still not sure whether that was a stroke of brilliance or a great insensitivity. I know I wouldn’t have done it.

Altogether though, it is certainly worth reading, and presents the Pope in probably a much more accurate light than most of the fawning obitiuaries that are published when someone in a position such as his dies.

This 483rd post was filed under: News and Comment.

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