July 2011

Let the light shine upon them

Hackgate and the public servants.

James Anderton, the original celebrity cop.James Anderton, the original celebrity cop.
Yet more on the story now called Hackgate. This is not an unimportant story but is, as suggested HERE , a media storm. Clearly the MSM assume their readers can't get enough. In the case of the BBC and the Guardian the line is 'watch out for that evil Rupert Murdoch'. Yet the facts show the liberal-left section of the MSM get things wrong too. Hence the Guardian was forced to apologise to the Sun for getting their facts seriously wrong.

However, other sections of the MSM fight their own battles. Wise people are looking long term on this; what restrictions on press freedom may follow Hackgate? David Cameron has said he wants a free press but then he says all sorts of things which never come to pass. His other problem is the Deputy PM Nick Clegg. The Liberal Democrats are ill named and can be expected to join with Ed Milband and the Labour party in calling for measures to 'stop Murdoch'. A liberal, in the real sense, and free press is not what they want.

So an alternative take on all of this comes via the blogosphere.

Media storm, climate change not involved.

But a change in attitude from the MSM, police and politicians is vital

Editor, teacher?Editor, teacher?
A tidal wave of details concerning the News of the World phone hacking now engulfs us all. Will we survive? In the ultimate act of self-regulation the NoW was closed last Sunday on orders from Rupert Murdoch. It remains to be seen if those other bastions of self-regulation, politicians and the police, can match this act when their turn comes. Their records so far, on other matters, don't exactly inspire confidence. But you do get the feeling that this story has more than just one over-energetic tabloid, a few bent coppers and our political superiors to it.

Who can you trust?

The mobile phone, the tool for fools?

The mobile phone bites the hand of those who feed it, ha ha!The mobile phone bites the hand of those who feed it, ha ha!
Today is a good day for most the MSM. Not for the News of the World I'll agree, but the rest of the pack are whooping it up. The phone hacking allegations are high octane stuff and the story of the moment. As you might expect there's more to this than a quick look reveals. From the Spectator we get the following -

News International have allegedly handed emails to the police that show Andy Coulson as editor of the News of the World authorised payments to the police. If this was true, it would be illegal.

Oh how funny! We can't trust the press to regulate itself, but the police? Oh that's just fine! I shall be laughing all day at this.

Even more laughter when you remember that just days ago when whinging about the proposals to reform the police Sir Hugh Orde said -

First find an expert

Do these people know what they are doing?

Christine and George, but who is the expert?Christine and George, but who is the expert?
It is surprising to see the Guardian being so forthright about the EU. With this article they seem to have woken up to the reality behind the financial problems of Greece. Even so they are still behind the curve. By contrast both Christopher Booker and Liam Halligan have moved onto the future risks to the UK. However, the problems highlighted by Booker and Halligan did not arrive overnight. The situation the UK faces has been a long time coming, you might have thought an 'expert' would have spotted this and done something to soften the risk. Well two things to ponder, what is an expert? And what could they have done?

Let's start with another situation regarding John Kay, a former Director of the Halifax Build Society that eventually became known as HBOS. Back in the early part of 2009 he was giving evidence to the Parliamentary Treasury Select Committee.