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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. Not everything that is old is bad. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have mellowed and matured.

But given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views might very well have changed in the 13 years since I wrote this post. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find pretty embarrassing today.
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  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken; embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

After Michael Howard criticising Mr Blair over security at ports, he produced the following manifesto pledge:

First of all we will take proper control of our borders. We will ensure 24-hour surveillance at our ports, and restore full embarkation controls. Border security is currently divided between seven different bodies reporting to three different cabinet ministers.

This fails to mention what Mr Letwin was forced into admitting: that the Conservatives were only going to provide twenty-four hour security for the twenty-four busiest ports. Leaving over 600 without 24-hour security. Which is hardly ‘taking proper control of our borders’.

This 494th post was filed under: News and Comment.

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