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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’m sorry. It just seemed silly to write a post about a poster without posting a picture of said poster. But it also seemed silly to post a picture of a poster that supported the party I’m criticising. So I butchered it. Anyway…

Is there any more time less appropriate than when election campaigning to be insulting large parts of the population? Probably not.

I’m certainly not of the opinion that this poster was designed to be Anti-Semitic, and I’m not even particular against it on that level. It just seems foolish to start a poster campaign that will insult a lot of potential voters.

But the worst part of this story is the response of the Labour bigwigs, as reported in this Guardian piece:

Labour has insisted that this is over-sensitivity and it can be argued that we now live in a culture in which squads of the thin-skinned are on 24-hour alert.

As usual, despite having made an honest error, Labour can’t bring themselves to apologise. Let me just reiterate on that point: The party which is being strongly criticised for being unable to admit mistakes and say sorry is refusing to apologise for it’s election campaign insulting large swathes of the population.

And, not only that, the party which wants to limit our free speech by virtually reintroducing blasphemy law claims that the public is ‘over-sensitive’.

This was a silly and simple mistake by Labour, but their response has made it far, far worse.

Update:

It is one of four designs e-mailed to Labour members, who were asked to vote for their favourite.

This seems to be something that’s circulating about various news stories, such as The BBC’s. But this is not just circulated by email – it’s also freely available on the Labour website, from where I downloaded it. I am not a member of the Labour party (doesn’t that go without saying?), and I don’t receive emails from them.

This post was filed under: Election 2005, News and Comment.

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16:00
5th February 2006.

This post has been referenced by another on this site:
sjhoward.co.uk » Who to insult next?


Comment from Syed Amanatullah


    06.13, 16/02/2006

It is really strange that in the name of freedom of speech, These so-called lover of freedom never care the position of prophets of God. Being follower of Christianity, they make mokery of Holy Christ and show hostility towards Islam by making carricatures of Muhammad and in our view both acts are punishable as being Muslim we never accept such desecretion of any of the prophet of God as we have faith on all of them so it is advised to all so-called advocates of Freedom, not to tresspass the limit as their action will fuel the hatred and creat a divide among the followers of different faith and clash of civilisation…….Again I may remind where are those Freedom lovers when some one raise voice on myth of holocost on Jews and sent to jail in Europe for the unseen fear from Jews…..This is a conspiracy of Jews to encourage innocent Christians to come in confrontation with Muslims and they enjoy the situation sitting behind the scene……

All prophets sent by God spread love and peace and those enemies of God during the period of prophets, inflicted difficulties on all the prophets of God and now they know that no prophet will come again so they are ridiculing those by cartoons and writings…..mostly funded by the enemies of God (JEWS).


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09:40
17th February 2006.

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