PM Cameron says that the ‘Press’ and TV Journalism is to be placed into a new and strict ‘regulatory’ framework.
There is nothing new about hacking and corruption in the news gathering world. It’s been common practice for decades. What is new is the government allowing the public to see what the media has been up to. That’s not been allowed with the intention of sorting it out, though, but to use the scandal as the excuse for implementing draconian new laws, which otherwise would not have seemed justified.
The Police are to be placed inside a military framework. (See AP below)
Two enormous reductions in peoples’ freedoms are being rushed out, in the name of a false clean-up of politics. Cameron isn’t looking to do that at all. He is just rushing ahead, as fast as he can, with the crushing of individual freedom , and the extension of state control. No wonder he sounds so cocky as he bats away allegations of wrongdoing in No 10, when he knows that soon there will be little opposition from the media, and he’ll be able to arrest political opponents, on the back of new media regulation.
To achieve that, he also needs to beef up the Police and make it into a far more threatening institution that it has been in the past. He intends to end the rule of Murdoch et al, and bring the news organisations and networks under his own control, not to revert to free and fair democratic process. He and his hidden backers want to be in a supremely powerful position, where they can ignore all opposition.
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