Tory Party Tries to Wipe Historical Speeches From the Internet

By Gary Cutlack on at

The Conservative Party has been rumbled trying to erase a stack of speeches from its online archives, removing key pledges and statements made by David Cameron and his rosy-cheeked schoolboy chums between the years 2000 and 2010.

The Tories deleted the files from the Conservative Party web site, which is bad enough. But to avoid the files being archived by the likes of the Internet Archive, it also added disallow rules to the site's robots text file to ensure copies of the speeches aren't stored by archiving tools and don't appear in search engines.

Given that it's unlikely any members of the public downloaded them and saved them for posterity, a decade of Conservative promises and pledges may have just been wiped out of existence and therefore saved from online scrutiny. [Computer Weekly]

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