Politics

Calling all cliches: Never the same again

Coronavirus OutbreakIf there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that the coronavirus pandemic has changed everything. Nothing will ever be the same again. Mind you, has it ever been the same again? Here are thirty quotes from the newspapers, one for each of the last thirty years.


Ingham’s description of the final days before [Margaret Thatcher] resigned is a simple, factual, unemotional account of the events. Nevertheless, the book ends like a Greek tragedy. The reader is left feeling that an epoch has come to an end, that nothing will ever be the same again.
Nicholas Ridley reviews Kill the Messenger by Bernard Ingham, 1991 [1]

If you are planning a pre-Christmas short break to the Continent this year, you should do so with the thought that things will never be the same again.
Frank Barrett on the imminent opening of the Channel Tunnel, 1992 [2]

In the most important treaty since 1957, the underlying philosophy of the European project has come unstuck. Things will never be the same again.
Martin Jacques on the problems in ratifying the Maastricht Treaty, 1993 [3]

Nothing will ever be the same again, thanks to a handful of Eastbourne dustmen.
Jack Dromey, 1994 [4]

Last night David Jessell introduced us to the Theta wave and nothing will ever look the same again.
Lynne Truss, 1995 [5]

The Broadcasting Bill, which receives Royal Assent at the end of the month, will transform the media landscape. It will overhaul cross-media ownership rules, leading to a wave of takeovers and mergers and setting the framework for the bold new digital era. Nothing will ever be the same again.
The Times, 1996 [6]

Dunblane may have been more tragic, the Princess Royal may be just as unstinting in her charity work, but the life and death of England’s Rose has struck a resounding chord within our nation. Nothing will ever be the same again.
Garry Bushell on Diana’s funeral, 1997 [7]

Ireland has changed, nothing will ever be the same again.
Seamus Mallon on the referendum to confirm the Belfast Agreement, 1998 [8]

This is an election like no other. And irrespective of the outcome, nothing will ever be the same again.
Sunday Mail on the first elections to the Scottish Parliament, 1999 [9]

There are intoxicating encounters on the 17th and 20th. You may feel that nothing will ever be the same again.
April 2000 was going to be a big month for Sagittarians, according to astrologer Gemini Jane [10]


One thing is for certain, says almost everyone: nothing will ever be the same again. It was the day that changed the world. It was an apocalypse, according to the Daily Mail, and it was Armageddon. For those of us too young to remember the Second World War, it has been the most shocking event of our lives.
Boris Johnson on 9/11, 2001 [11]

Her death brings not only great sadness but the dread that everything in the Monarchy will now change, that nothing will ever be the same again.
Carole Malone on the death of the Queen Mother, 2002 [12]Coronavirus Outbreak

Dorica Nikolic, secretary-general of the Social Liberals, said the war could have been avoided and that, if it lasted longer, it could change the international situation, the UN and NATO to the extent that ‘nothing will ever be the same again’.
Reaction in Croatia to the invasion of Iraq, 2003 [13]

New York had its September 11 and now Madrid has had its March 11, and nothing will ever be the same again, Spain’s media said as they took stock of the carnage created by Thursday’s deadly series of bomb attacks.
Al-Qaeda murder 193 people in Spain, 2004 [14]

Is there a hurricane coming? No one knows. But one thing is certain – nothing will ever be the same again.
Robert McCrum on developments in publishing, 2005 [15]

Charlie Kennedy was right to describe the win as a ‘seismic event in Scottish and UK politics’. Nothing will ever be the same again.
the Lib Dems win the Dunfermline and West Fife by-election, 2006 [16]

New boss takes over and nothing will ever be the same again.
Daily Mirror headline on Fabio Capello becoming England football manager, 2007 [17]

With talk of oil hitting $250 a barrel, one fact seems certain, writes Ed Crooks . Things will never be the same again.
Financial Times, 2008 [18]

‘One thing is certain,’ the greying heralds of a new economic age will intone, hair tint running down their collars, ‘nothing will ever be the same again.’
Matthew Paris on the impact of the recession, 2009 [19]

At least one thing was clear here yesterday when Tiger Woods finally went both solo and unscripted. It was that nothing will ever be the same again, not for him, not for us.
James Lawton, 2010 [20]


A referendum on electoral reform was only ever going to happen when the Lib Dems held the balance of power. They hold the balance. The referendum is happening. Nothing will ever be the same again.
Steve Richards, 2011 [21]

Nothing will ever be the same again.
Lynx advertising slogan as it launches ‘its first female-focused items in the UK’, 2012 [22]

With 4G, nothing will ever be the same again. Everything will be faster. It will change your life.
Matt Warman on a new telephone system, 2013 [23]

Books about the web fall into two sects. There are the true believers of the new digital age who argue that nothing will ever be the same again because the internet will solve all our problems. Then there are the strident dissenters such as Susan Greenfield and Evgeny Morozov, who argue that nothing will ever be the same again, but because quasi-imperial tech firms prop up dictators, destroy our privacy or reduce our brains to vichyssoise.
Oliver Moody, 2014 [24]

The Scottish people have become authors of their own destiny – nothing will ever be the same again. They have given the SNP the country’s largest-ever majority and made history by sending a tidal wave of MPs to London.
Dr Matt Qvortrup on the general election result, 2015 [25]

Just over a year after [David Cameron’s] unexpected electoral victory the referendum has not only ended his premiership but perhaps the defeat of his project of a more liberal compassionate conservatism. In short, nothing will ever be the same again.
Dr Paul Flenley on the referendum result, 2016 [26]

EastEnders gas explosion week: Who dies, who survives, who gets shot – and what else to expect in the biggest week of soap history – Nothing will ever be the same again following this explosive week.
Daily Mirror, 2017 [27]

As he lays tired midfields to waste, as he stirs oppositions into a blind panic, you’re overcome with a single, piercing thought: nothing will ever be the same again. I have glimpsed the next hundred years of football, and before long the sport as we know it will divide neatly into two ages: before Frenkie de Jong, and after.
Jonathan Liew satirizes hype in football, 2018 [28]

They’re coming! Over the horizon, they’re coming! They’re coming for your medals and your trophies and your endorsement contracts. They’re coming, with their giant bulging muscles and enormous flapping penises, to ruin everything pure and good. Nothing will ever be the same again. Nothing means anything any more. For the trans people – and let’s call them what they are, men in sports bras – are coming. And all is lost.
Jonathan Liew in satirical mood again, 2019 [29]

The lesson to be drawn is that nothing will ever be the same again.
French trade union leader Yves Veyrier on the Coronavirus, 2020 [30]

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[1] Sunday Times 2 June 1991

[2] Independent 19 September 1992

[3] Sunday Times 23 May 1993

[4] Times 9 June 1994

[5] Times 4 October 1995

[6] Times 23 July 1996

[7] Sun 8 September 1997

[8] Irish Times 25 May 1998

[9] Sunday Mail 2 May 1999

[10] Sun 3 April 2000

[11] Daily Telegraph 13 September 2001

[12] Sunday Mirror 31 March 2002

[13] BBC Monitoring 20 March 2003

[14] Agence France-Presse 11 March 2004

[15] Observer 29 May 2005

[16] Sunday Times 12 February 2006

[17] Daily Mirror 18 December 2007

[18] Financial Times 30 June 2008

[19] Times 24 January 2009

[20] Independent 6 April 2010

[21] Independent 17 February 2011

[22] Next Web 23 January 2012

[23] Daily Telegraph 20 April 2013

[24] Times 21 April 2014

[25] Sun 9 May 2015

[26] The News 25 June 2016

[27] Daily Mirror 1 September 2017

[28] Independent 15 September 2018

[29] I 23 February 2019

[30] BBC Monitoring 26 March 2020


 

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