Do we need tough new laws to regulate the British press?
Unsurprisingly at the time of writing some 82% of Guardianista believe that we do. Unfortunately, that is a nice, pat knee-jerk reaction to what has happened from the hard of thinking. Much as I despise the fourth estate – almost as much as I abhor politicians – a free press is essential in a liberal society. The alternative; one governed and regulated by the state will inevitably lead to a stifling of information.
There is a role for journalism – especially investigative journalism. However, it is up to the industry to clean up its act and do what it is supposed to do – report news that is in the public interest, as opposed to interesting to a prurient public. Less of the gossip, tittle tattle and celeb sycophancy and a move towards proper journalism would be nice. However, I suspect it is beyond the vacuous, talentless, barely literate mediocrities that currently infest Fleet Street.