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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  • Factual information might be outdated.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...

Who can resist Simon Hoggart’s description of Hilary Armstrong’s ridiculous behaviour at PMQs, and Cameron’s rebuke yesterday:

Hilary Armstrong, the Labour chief whip, started shouting, as she often does. She is the Commons’ bag lady, railing against anyone who hasn’t given her 20p. Mr Cameron broke off. “That’s the problem with these exchanges. The chief whip on the Labour side shouting like a child. Now, has she finished?” he yelled at her. “Have you finished? Right!”

It was a terrific coup de theatre.

I personally thought Cameron did extremely well at his first PMQs, and quite clearly left Blair flustered. I have to say, though, that I was far more impressed with his fantasically timed ‘absolutely’ when questioned about education reforms, than with his clearly rehearsed ‘You were the future once’. However, he certainly did much better than I had previously expected, and it makes his appointment all the more interesting.

Keeping with the Tories, but away from Camerson, The Grauny’s Wrap really amused me today, in relation to the Express’s response to Margaret Thatcher’s brief hospital admission:

The Express … front page, like the Mirror’s, is given over to Margaret Thatcher’s admission to hospital last night after complaining of feeling faint.

The former PM, now 80, is “stable and comfortable”, the Guardian reports, but it is hard to avoid the suspicion that the Express, while an unabashed fan of the Iron Lady, would prefer it if her condition was worse. A strap at the bottom of the front page, inviting you to turn to page five, tells readers that Baroness Thatcher was “weak and frail in last interview with the Daily Express.”

Whether this is technically correct in the sense that the Express intends to conduct no further interviews with her, a person normally has to die before you can start talking about the “last interview”.

You have to love the tabloids.

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