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Sticking up for Blair (Just this once)

Hold up!

See that little date above?

This post was published years ago.

My opinions have changed over time: I think it's quite fun to keep old posts online so that you can see how that has happened. The downside is that there are posts on this site that express views that I now find offensive, or use language in ways I'd never dream of using it today.

I don't believe in airbrushing history, but I do believe that it's important to acknowledge the obvious: some of what I've written in the past has been crap. Some of it was offensive. Some of it was offensively bad. And there's may be some brass among the muck (you can make up your own mind on that).

Some of what I've presented as my own views has been me—wittingly or unwittingly—posturing without having considered all the facts. In a few years, I'll probably think the same about what I'm writing today, and I'm fine with that. Things change. People grow. Society moves forward.

The internet moves on too, which means there might be broken links or embedded content that fails to load. If you're unlucky, that might mean that this post makes no sense at all.

So please consider yourself duly warned: this post is an historical artefact. It's not an exposition of my current views nor a piece of 'content' than necessarily 'works'.

You may now read on... and in most cases, the post you're about to read is considerably shorter than this warning box, so brace for disappointment.

I’ve seen at least one American report about the way George Bush “put his life on the line” to surprise American soldiers at Thanksgiving in Iraq that has said “Can you imagine the British heads doing that?”.

My immediate answer was “Yes, we already have”. President Blair was there SIX MONTHS AGO, and Jack Straw was there YESTERDAY.

But since the Bush protests, we are suddenly evil. The Fox News network reported that Al Jazeera is as commonly watched here as Sky News. It’s like they think you are pro-Bush or a terrorist. You’ve got to love the American media. I don’t like certain parts of the British media, but I’d rather be lumbered with our lot than theirs…

Fantastically bitchy comment from Roger Mosey, big BBC boss person, on the new look News 24 (starting Monday): “We’ve learnt from Sky, but didn’t copy it – we’re going for impact with taste”

Talking of the new-look News 24, looks like it might be fairly good – seems to be morphing into an intelligent, analysing news channel which still keeps you bang up to date. Kind of the broadsheet yin to Sky’s in-your-face tabloid yang. Can only be a good thing…

Originally posted on The LBSC

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