"There's really a lot of bunk talked about freedom of expression. It's really not that important, is it? After all, most people's opinions seem to be nonsense to me. I'd rather hear the views of the sort of sensible people I have seated around my dinner table.
Freedom of the Press leads to irresponsible criticism of the sort of fine upstanding people who run Common Purpose, an organisation selflessly devoted to ensuring that the views expressed at my dinner table are promulgated throughout the public sector, and of such wholly impartial and independent organisations as the Media Standards Trust and the
Institute forBureau of Investigative Journalism, all committed to eliminating the sorts of nonsense opinions held by the majority of the public.
As for the exposure of my good friend Hugh Grant in paying for oral sex in a public place from a black crack whore, it was clearly despicable. It cost him his charming girlfriend. If people like Hugh can't be allowed to deceive their partners without the press sneaking on them what sort of world do we live in?
We've already got courts and injunctions, of course, but these are really expensive and have to be paid for from my friends' private resources. How much fairer it would be if the taxpayer instead paid the cost of hiding their secrets from the public, allowing them to retain their own wealth for social good.
Of course a Press Regulation body will only protect those at the heart of the establishment - it really can't be concerned with injustice against unimportant people, and since the taxpayer will bear all the costs of protecting the rich and famous from the Press I'm sure people will agree that this is right."
Sunday, 25 November 2012
Will Hutton: Yes to Press Regulation
Will Hutton writes in the Observer today why he, 'as a journalist and ex-editor', favours regulation of the press. We reproduce an edited version of his piece here.