Margaret Thatcher Died Today. Here is her “early view” on the Internet

Whether you loved or hated her, she always led and talked with conviction and vision.
This clip is from the early 1990s showed her vision.

Whether she was speaking from her scientific background, (like me she was also a research chemist who worked in ice cream) and her time as secretary of state for Education and Science, she had a great early understanding of the benefits of the internet and was able to share it.

Though a believer in freedom of expression that she fought for, in the interview she believed laws were required to ban pornography. Strange to see that nowdays, but it used to be a common view in the early days of the internet.

Margaret Thatcher 1925-2013. Rest In Peace.


April 1st – Advertising Censorship. Cigarette Adverts Banned For First Time

President Nixon in 1970 on this day signed legislation officially banning cigarette advertising on TV and radio.

Was this seen as an April Fool?

Even though studies showed the danger for 30 years and most states had banned sales to minors.

A difficult decision for Nixon as he was both a smoker and it had been important to America and Presidents.

Even the early American Presidents such as Washington, Jeffereson, Jackson and Madison owned Tobacco plantations. Some were chain smokers such as Franklin Roosevelt and Hoover.

The censorship of advertising continued over time into print, with the brans relying more on the image, shape and colour branding to continue to promote their brand.

Whilst  a great believer in the freedom of press and advertising, this was one where censorship was for the better good of mankind.

I miss my lung image

Image of humour applied to iconic smoking adverts.