Friday, March 15, 2013
COALITION MEMBERS ATTEMPTING TO FORCE THROUGH LEGISLATION TO GAG THE FREE PRESS – It is little wonder that the likes of Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg would relish the day when the Press is finally bound and gagged, thus preventing the Press from freely reporting on their failings and often despicable conduct.
If you are looking for democracy, with the ability the freely express yourself and have a national media that does report the news without government intervention, then you had better get on a plane and try another country, because Miliband and Clegg have formed an alliance against the Prime Minister that could well see legislation being enacted that will silence free and open reporting of the news by the Press.
Yesterday David Cameron ordered that cross-party talks, regarding the proposals provided by Lord Leveson to regulate the media, had no place in a democratic society.
While the Press may not always get things right, or even in the case of the Illegal Phone Hacking scandal, that gave birth to this situation, the Press should not be regulated parliament and nor should politicians be able to interfere with the Press.
A dark cloud has appeared above the Houses of Parliament and within its walls Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg are plotting to form a Labour-Liberal Democrat coalition after 2015 in order to force regulation on the Press through Parliament. Note carefully the word ‘democrat’ after the word ‘liberal’ – from Nick Clegg’s point of view there is nothing liberal or democratic about what he and Miliband are planning. In fact if the Press are forced, by legislation to keep quiet, this will allow a dictatorial government to slide into the halls of power with the public even being aware that it is happening. I guess the next logical step is for Miliband and Clegg to get together with Kim il Jong and learn just how totalitarianism actually works so the two of them can completely and unequivocally control the British people. On the other hand it would be far more constructive, for the British people, if Miliband and Clegg were to crawl back under the stones from whence they came.
So what exactly is going on? For starter the Labour Party is planning on hijacking a number of key pieces of legislation, including a Bill that is specifically designed to remove red tape for businesses in order to help the economy to recover. Other amendments to other pieces of legislation are also on the table that is a direct attempt to force the Prime Minister into submission to enact a Bill taking in the full recommendations of Lord Justice Leveson’s report.
It has been suggested that a Royal Charter be created for the Press in the same fashion as it is for the BBC where it is self-regulated, however Miliband and Clegg are adamant that if the Press are not regulated by legislation, that will allow them to gag the Press at any time, they will hijack several pieces of the Prime Ministers Bills in order to force his position, even if that means, through the hijacking, that the country and its people suffer as a consequence.
“I was disappointed and, indeed, surprised that David Cameron has decided to walk away from the cross-party talks, especially when they were making some real progress even as late as yesterday evening. This whole issue is a difficult one, striking the right balance between protecting the freedom of the Press, which is essential, but also protecting ordinary people from unwarranted harassment and bullying by the Press.” Nick Clegg
While I can understand that the behaviour, both moral and ethical, of the Press has been called into question over the illegal phone hacking by the News of the World; which has now been closed down, I fail to understand why, if the Press are accused of ‘bullying’ that an individual cannot simply issue a writ for defamation as they do at present.
The truth is, the likes of Miliband and Clegg spend so much time being admonished by the Press for their underhanded dealings, such as the on-going investigation, that he Press brought to light, that Clegg knew about Lord Renner’s unwanted sexual advances on junior members of staff, that he doesn’t want the Press to be allowed to print anything without his approval.
“The future of Press freedom in this country is now under serious threat from an unholy alliance of Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg. The public should be very frightened at the prospect of politicians trying to regulate the Press.” Tory MP Philip Davies
The bottom line is that if Miliband and Clegg get their way this will effectively strip the UK and its Press from having the democratic right to freedom of expression and freedom of speech.
As of now I am able, freely and with an open voice, able to say that Miliband and Clegg are not only stupid but a clear danger to democracy. If they get their way and the Press is regulated by legislation both Miliband and Clegg will be able to gag any type of press they feel the public should not, or do not, need to know. Their views are nothing short of communistic and doctorial and I for one think they would fare much better living in North Korea than in the UK.