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Regular readers will remember a couple of weeks back, when we wrote about how Tim 2.0'Reilly was quietly aborting his blogging code of conduct.

His attempt to stand up for marketing guru Kathy Sierra, who cancelled a conference appearance because people were being mean about her on the internet, was mostly just misguided. Embarrassed for the web 2.0 doyen, we closed that piece with "now let us never speak of it again".

In an embarrassing retraction for The Reg, we'd now like to point you in the direction of this missive from Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Tessa Jowell MP.

If you can't be bothered to wade through all of her turgid meanderings through "ourspace", try this closing remark for size: "Taken as a whole, this proposal is a rare example of a good lesson for us in Britain to learn from American politics?"

Yes, this is what a member of the government of a nation at war is spending her time thinking about, more than two weeks after the idea was widely lampooned, and then orphaned by its father. He hasn't mentioned it on his blog since.

Opportunism, we find, is most effective at the opportune moment. Nevertheless, this afternoon at 4PM The Guardian will host a live online debate with Jowell (registration required).

We thought as it's Wednesday, the day when the frustrations of daily working life reach their nadir, it might provide Reg readers with some entertainment/primal scream therapy.

Have fun. ®

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