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Tuesday, February 8, 2005

Tony Blair's Election Slogan Stolen From the Simpsons

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]

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Technically speaking, that line was from Kodos (an extraterrestrial alien) disguised as Clin-ton. Although if you've seen that particular Simpsons classic (from Treehouse of Horror VII), perhaps that only adds to the amusement.

Posted by: Aaron | Feb 8, 2005 5:36:08 AM

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