The Conservatives have tried to remove hundreds potentially embarrassing speeches and news articles from their website, it has been revealed. Their web team have edited a file called robots.txt (LINK) to obliterate their historic archive from Google and other search engines.
Computer Weekly reports on the deletion of material from from 2000 up to and including May 2010 — an era in which the Tories championed the transparency ushered in by new technology:
“The erasure had the effect of hiding Conservative speeches in a secretive corner of the internet like those that shelter the military, secret services, gangsters and paedophiles.”
Deleting stuff from the internet. Now who does that remind Scrapbook of?
The last time the Tory chairman went on a deletion spree was during Tory conference 2012 — to erase the politically damaging output of his highly dubious internet marketing company.
Absolutely classic Shapps.
UPDATE I: Their excuse is hilariously crap and can be summarised as ‘We’re deleting important information to make it easier for people to find it’
“We’re making sure our website keeps the Conservative Party at the forefront of political campaigning. These changes allow people to quickly and easily access the most important information we provide – how we are clearing up Labour’s economic mess, taking the difficult decisions and standing up for hardworking people.”
UPDATE II: This is the kind of thing they’ve got rid of — Osborne’s promise to match Labour’s spending plans and introduce green taxes!
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