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‘He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.’ November 13, 2013

Posted by WorldbyStorm in British Politics.

Presumably even Orwell couldn’t have foreseen this stunt by the Tories…

The Conservatives have removed a decade of speeches from their website and from the main internet library – including one in which David Cameron claimed that being able to search the web would democratise politics by making “more information available to more people”.


In a remarkable step the party has also blocked access to the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, a US-based library that captures webpages for future generations, using a software robot that directs search engines not to access the pages.

But their cunning plan may not have foreseen all eventualities. The British Library has records of these kept independently. However they can only be accessed within the British Library.

Of course it couldn’t have anything to do with discomfiture over this entirely unashamed u-turn this very week, could it?


1. FergusD - November 14, 2013

UK Labour did the same apparently, some time back. I’m not convinced it is a conspiracy. The archive you mention will delete any data it holds on request from the originator – which happens quite a lot it seems.


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