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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 April, 2005, 14:09 GMT 15:09 UK
Off-message to on

By Alan Connor
Internet correspondent for The Daily Politics

POSTED: Thursday 14 April, 1500BST

There's been a strange rewriting of history on a Conservative blog.

Iain Dale, the candidate for Norfolk North has a popular site, mainly focused on the day-to-day quirkiness of constituency campaigning.

Two posters on Iain Dale's website
The top poster was replaced by the bottom
And earlier this morning, it also had a silly variant on his party's hand-written campaign posters.

The Telegraph and the Today programme found it amusing enough to merit brief mention, but someone clearly wasn't laughing.

As soon as a wider audience got to hear of this rather inoffensive squib, it disappeared, to be replaced by a rather anodyne on-message version.

Have the Conservatives not learned from Ed Matts? In the digital age, where everything is stored somewhere, you can't take anything back: even a silly joke.

So it's votes for drinks now, is it? That's good enough for me - thanks Michael, mine's a pint!
Harry Lee, London, England

I'm not surprised the party ordered it removed. God forbid a candidate should show a trace of humanity!
David Patrick, Reading, UK

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