……while omitting the other half of what is obvious (why change the habit of a lifetime?).
In an article in the Independent, he writes:
“Watching the prime minister dance around the minor issues in Lord Justice Leveson’s report, so as to avoid the fact that he was trying to reject the central recommendation of the independent inquiry that he had set up, I couldn’t help think that the good judge was absolutely right to worry that MPs have always been part of the problem. We have an interest. We are bound at the hip to the national press. We breathe the same air as them and we fear that if we do anything they dislike we shall be deprived of oxygen. We crave their support, we need their column inches, we fear their censure. Our political futures, both as individuals and as political parties are in their gift.” (Emphasis mine)
Are not the press/media within the gift of politicians? Do not the press know, full well, that to write anything adverse against any politician means that they, the journalist, will be ‘cut-off’ from that politician’s ‘confidences? Are not the media and the political elite so inter-dependent that they have become one and the same? Is it not a case that because of that ‘inter-dependance’ the political elite are able to have half-truths and downright lies fed to the public; and that because they appear in the media, the public then accept those half-truths and lies as fact? And are not the media thus guilty of misleading the public and also of spreading propaganda?
I can but repeat an oft-quoted question of mine; namely, in whose pocket is who where the relationship of politician and media are concerned? Is that question not the sole reason for this debate about press regulation being held?
As ever, just asking…………………….