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A message to all British MPs

(As if they’re listening.)

This is your proposed “press regulation” Charter:

A “relevant publisher” is a person (other than a broadcaster) who publishes in the United Kingdom: a. a newspaper or magazine containing news-related material, or b. a website containing news-related material (whether or not related to a newspaper or magazine)

Remember Spycatcher, you idiots. That is all.

(It’s always hilarious watching politicians trying to regulate a global distributed network. Used to their top-down centralized control systems, they just can’t comprehend it. If it weren’t so terrifying it’d be kind of cute, like kittens playing with matches.)

3 Comments

  1. john in cheshire says:

    I’m hoping that when all the fuss dies down, bloggers and maybe even the MSM get their revenge on the Hacked Off lot and the socialist politicians of all parties who conspired to destroy what level of free press we still have. What that idiot Grant fails to realise is that having his cock sucked by a prozzie is a passing frisson in most people’s lives. It would have been forgotten, or maybe just ignored, if he’d kept his stupid mouth shut (is that a pun in reverse?). Socialism won’t stop until it is stopped.

  2. Sam Duncan says:

    Exactly, John. The antics of the News of the Screws (and it wasn’t alone, as the arrests at the Mirror last week show) are already illegal. This is about Hugh’s whoring, and his bizarre idea that he can be world famous and keep that kind of thing quiet.

    The only purposes this new regime really serves are a) to let “celebrities” have the cake of public adulation and eat it in private, and b) to give politicians a stick to beat anyone who disagrees with them. And make no mistake, they’re in charge now. Oh, it’s a Royal Charter, making it “as independent from Parliament as the BBC”, is it? So that’ll be “not at all”, then.

    The only consolation is that it won’t work.

  3. Sam Duncan says:

    The Kulturminister is now saying that “personal blogs” (undefined) will be exempt. There is nothing in the legislation that says this, and they now seem to be backtracking. Or not. Maybe.

    As Glenn Reynolds is fond of saying, the country’s in the very best of hands…

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