Monday, March 18, 2013

Free Speech Under Threat in Britain

Melanie Phillips helpfully explains what it's all about:

"The real agenda of these campaigners is not their specious aim of ‘accountability’."
"It is rather, as Professor Luckhurst writes, a toxic mix of their desire to control the Press; their elitist contempt for popular newspapers on the grounds that these are fundamentally so trivial that people shouldn’t read them; and, most lethal of all, their certainty that there is an unbridgeable chasm between the public interest and what the public is interested in. To which one might add that they alone claim the power to determine the former, while aiming to suppress the latter altogether."
"The Press is caught between the Devil and the deep blue sea. For even if this compromise Royal Charter is not enshrined in statute, what is being proposed will still tie the Press up in knots. And this will sound the death knell for a free society"