Tuesday, February 8, 2005
Bloomberg reported that Tony Blair's campaign slogan "forward not back" was first used in an episode of the Simpsons. ``My fellow Americans,'' a cartoon of former U.S. president Bill Clinton says, ``we must move forward not backward, upward not forward, and always twirling, twirling, twirling toward freedom.'' Bloomberg reported that Blair's conservative opponent Michael Howard's slogan is also drawn from pop culture:
"Howard also said in anti-crime advertisements yesterday in U.K. newspapers that ``I believe the punishment should fit the crime.'' The line is similar to one from the 1885 Gilbert and Sullivan operetta ``The Mikado'' in which the chorus sings, ``Let the punishment fit the crime.''
Maybe that's pushing the point. [Jack Chin]