Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Press Any Key...

It's in your best interests, they said; it's for your protection, they said; it can't be misused or misconstrued they said.

Within 24 hours of the UK press coming under regulation for the first time in 300 years, Max Mosley and the folk at Hacked Off want to censor YOUR Internet. They want to block foreign websites they don't approve of in the same way that China, Iran or North Korea do. Given that they are intelligent enough to know that under current law they have more than adequate protection, and that much of who they are is down to the press, this is surprising.

That paragon of virtue, George Galloway has called for a ban on Twitter. Given his indefatigable proclivities, this is not surprising.

Jim Sheridan, the Labour MP who put a very splendid ivory and leather bed on expenses, thinks the press should now be banned from Parliament. He's a Labour MP. No surprises there either.

Meanwhile, we're still wondering if we can say anything at all. Lovely, lovely democracy.

For more opinions, look here, here, here, and here.

Thank you Kate Walker and Peter Risdon for pretty much everything on this post.

It's difficult to see the lighter side of this. Even with this from Private Eye:

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