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Newspapers Moaning About Leveson

Today’s piece by Tony Parsons in the Mirror may come across as a reasonable plea.  I’m sure that every newspaper has had its good campaigns over the years.  Newspapers may well have embarrassed MPs, public servants and high flying businessmen.  (Though let’s be honest, the only time I’m interested in who a politician or public servant is having sex with is when they are a hypocrite.  A typical example is the committed voice against equal marriage who is discovered to be having carnal pleasures which demonstrate their hypocrisy.  I don’t care if people are polyamorous, kinky, asexual or any other label provided that they are not hypocrites.)

But newspapers have also harrassed, demeaned and offended innocent people who have committed no crime.  Newspapers have hacked into the voicemails of politicians, sportspeople and anyone who found themselves in the spotlight, propragating the vile myth of “celebrity gossip”.

Newspapers should have spent their time and resources investigating the corruption in and obscene wasting of money by local councils.  That’s where the real stories are.  Newspapers could have been forces for good in the community.  But they haven’t been.

The total lack of ethics of the tabloid press and the repeated gutlessness of the Press Complaints Commission in refusing to properly police newspapers’ conduct was going to have consequences sooner or later.  That has now come to pass.  Jane Fae writes how this is the fault of the press themselves.  It isn’t rocket science to see why.

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#Twitterjoketrial Thoughts

By the deties there has been a huge lack of Clue going on this week.  There have been a few things that have got my goat this week and the one at the top of the pile has incensed me so that not even hearing my favourite album (Rising by Rainbow) has settled my spirit.

What is it that has riled me so and come top of the Lack of Clue pile by some distance?

Judge Jacqueline Davies at Doncaster Crown Court is who has raised my ire.  Her upholding of the verdict against Paul Chambers in what has become known as the #TwitterJokeTrial beggars belief in my sincerely held opinion.

Simply put, there is no word whether polite or profane, bluster or blasphemous which can adequately describe the unbelievable level of stupidity that Judge Davies’ verdict demonstrates.  I may only be a layman and not have the elegance, persuasiveness and knowledge of legal people but I know something half-witted when I see it. And this verdict takes the Lamb Kebab for half-wittedness.

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Let The BPI Know How You Feel: Boycott Them

The BPI have used the politicians to get their way.  Their Director of Communications is arrogant, a failed comedian and has a dodgy track record.

Now is your chance to let them know how you feel about the Digital Economy Bill.

The BPI proudly lists its members here.

Want to hit the BPI where it hurts them most?

It’s very easy.

Boycott the companies listed on these pages.  I’ve been boycotting Nestle and McDonalds for years, Tesco for a fair while too.  Another bunch of companies associating with the BPI are no problem to add to that list.

I declare that my family will no longer spend any money on products which support BPI members.

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