Some Good News, Some Bad…

June 4, 2011 6 Comments
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The public believes that judges have been too ready to issue gagging orders to enable celebrities and rich business people to protect their privacy, an opinion poll for The Independent discloses today.

I can only assume that came as a shock to the ‘Indy’, so fair play to them for printing it, instead of quietly junking the report…

People appear to have little sympathy with those high-profile film, television and sports stars who have resorted to the courts to stop embarrassing details of their private lives reaching the public domain, according to the ComRes survey.

Fancy that. Who’dathunkit…

But, it’s not all entirely good news (and The Grim Reaper is in agreement on this):

Just over half (54 per cent) agreed the Government “should ensure greater regulation of the internet and social media like Twitter to protect people’s rights to privacy”, with 40 per cent disagreeing with that statement.

Mmmm, can’t see any problem with that, can you?

How, given its abysmal record on everything else, can half the sample believe that government regulation would help? What are they putting in the water?

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6 Responses to Some Good News, Some Bad…

  1. June 4, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Some people are just thick, if they think “the Government should ensure greater regulation of the internet and social media like Twitter to protect people’s rights to privacy” yet believe that somehow or other they’d still get to know about the scandals.
    I blame the education system, people no longer know how to think logically, particularly those who want to grant the government even more power.

    • June 5, 2011 at 5:52 am

      In that, I suspect the educational system is working just as intended… :sad:

  2. June 4, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    What are they putting in the water?

    E.coli?

    Just over half (54 per cent) agreed the Government “should ensure greater regulation of the internet and social media like Twitter to protect people’s rights to privacy”…

    I can only presume they misread it/the question was confusing!

  3. Jonathan Miller
    June 4, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    …one could hope that the respondents want regulation to discourage twitter from disclosing THEIR details in response to legal threats. However, there is no chance at all that this is what will be produced.

    • June 5, 2011 at 5:53 am

      I wonder how many of that 54% are the same ones who’d reply in the affirmative if they were asked whether the MP expenses scandal should have been reported..?

  4. Sue
    June 5, 2011 at 6:50 am

    Gagging orders were originally intended to protect the innocent until they had a fair trial.

    High profile “celebrities” need to learn to behave themselves. Many of them are role models for young people and they have a duty, yes a duty to be an example of how to conduct their lives. A post from Raewald comes to mind when I think about this. “The shield of the injunction and the superinjunction must be available only to those who come to the law with clean hands. No longer must the depraved, the unnatural wantons, the perverts, the degenerates and the low, mean scrapings of the moral universe be able to gag comment, reporting or discussion of their turpitude by buying law.

    People have been brainwashed for the last 20 years. The constant badgering of the nanny state has altered people’s conception of freedom of speech and expression. Those asked will have their own reasons for agreeing that state control over the internet may be necessary. Child pornography, pornography and extremist websites are probably what come to mind when people are asked these leading questions. I am sure if the questions were worded more accurately, very few of those would agree, that other than those few exceptions, that the internet should be regulated.

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