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My latest on the tabloid scandal and the Westminster power-grab - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
My latest on the tabloid scandal and the Westminster power-grab

That was the news of the week that was in the world....

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tekalynn From: tekalynn Date: July 11th, 2011 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bravo, sir.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: July 11th, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

My blushes, Watson!

Thank you.
poliphilo From: poliphilo Date: July 11th, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hear, hear.

The NOTW broke the existing laws of the land. We don't need new laws. We simply need the old laws to be applied. This scandal is as much about the corruption of the law-makers and the law-enforcers as it is about journalists.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: July 11th, 2011 07:12 pm (UTC) (Link)


And, Yes, precisely.
kestrelsparhawk From: kestrelsparhawk Date: July 11th, 2011 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well said

I have not kept a close eye on this, except the BBC reports, but from what I have seen your criticism of the House is spot on. While I believe in limits on press freedom, it merely extends to not invading privacy of citizens (and despite my journalist father, I do question if the private lives of public figures should be completely without limits, particularly as regards their children). Unfortunately the US has seen the total embrace of Goebbels' Big Lie as a method of argument. While I think at least one of yours (the same who eliminated the News of the World) had much to do with popularizing that, it seems to have been embraced by both major U.S. parties without hesitation or even acknowledgment of the source. We once had giants on both sides too; now I'm damned if I can recall a single Senator of either party who has some stature since Kennedy died. (Yes, Chappaquidick; yes, many thought his ideas wrong; but he was respected among many of the Old Guard, Democrats and otherwise, and for me, that's the bottom line for a statesman/woman; that his colleagues fight with him but respect him, so that his influence isn't of the muddy kind we have almost exclusively now, based on money and privilege.)

Agggh. There's something in your writing which causes me to join its richness and density, which doesn't come off well for me. At any rate, it's always a pleasure to read.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: July 11th, 2011 07:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you, I'm greatly obliged.

Must dissent re EMK, mind: not what wd be here 'a great House of Commons man', but more to point, cannot concur that regard of fellow pols is measure of man: in 1940, Winston was loathed, Clem was target of every rival in Labour (wh was every Labour Member), &c. An American friend of mine, a Democrat and local party leader, used to say that if Sen Byrd of W Va were 'the conscience of the Senate', that body was sociopathic. I tend to distrust pols whom other pols find cosy: means they're conspiring together against public.
steepholm From: steepholm Date: July 11th, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

As another example of which...

...witness Anthony Doulton Blair, admired by politicians and despised by everyone else.

I think you're right to signal a danger - i.e. that politicians may use this series of events as an excuse to blinker, muzzle and seel investigative journalists, forgetting (or not) that it was investigative journalists alone who brought said events to light. I haven't heard that line being taken just yet, but it's bound to come.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: July 11th, 2011 07:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh, quite.

And I fear that the pols are ahead of us already.
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