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It’s only money….

30 Nov

£2 Million quid. That’s not a lot of money if you are a billionaire, a large corporation or a government. Loose change really, for the rest of us that’s enough money to retire on and enjoy a pretty reasonable life. The Leveson enquiry cost £2 million. Mr Leveson must have made a great deal of money out of his enquiry.

Call me Dave is being accused of failing to do what Leveson said he should in his report. Of course he is. Which politician is brave enough to introduce a bill to control the press. If it comes down to it only a few deranged MPs would do it. Certainly Moribund wouldn’t although he says he would. The LibDems? Who? Who are they? Do they even know themselves? They are history. Gone. Toast.

Something has to be done! The phrase, which launches a million knee jerk reactions and panders to the offended tiny minority. The phrase that slowly erodes our rights. In this case there is a need for the reporting, which is inaccurate, damaging, or sensationalist to be corrected with the same level of coverage and prominence. It’s a starting point if nothing else.

What about the Police Officers who were providing information for cash? Not a lot of noise about that. Very few prosecutions. Why?

Phone hacking was a bit misleading.  The mobile phone companies should have reacted and highlighted it in sales and marketing to make sure people changed the generic password on their mobile phone for their voice messages. The phone shop staff could have been encouraged to ask people to change the code when buying their phone or upgrading when they were in the shop, or at the other end of the telephone line.

I’ve not changed mine. My life isn’t interesting enough for me to get messages left. I get them very rarely and mostly about work.

The slebs who complained and sued for damages could have changed their security numbers. They didn’t. The slebs who went to Leveson depicted themselves as the “done badly to”. They weren’t, they do, however want to pick and choose the times when the press are welcome. The solution for journalists to deal with those sort of people is to refuse to interview them, stop printing pictures of them and stop giving them publicity when they have a book, film, album or tour to promote.

£2 Million resonates in the Leveson saga. Wasn’t that the amount of money the Dowler family was given with half going to charity? They aren’t happy at the outcome. They lost a daughter, their child, which is surely one of the most painful things that can happen for a parent. Taking money as compensation though? I’m not sure about that. It doesn’t feel right.

Lets finish with the McCanns. They also lost a daughter. The circumstances of her loss are not good. The children were left alone. What would social services in the UK make of that? Again I’m not sure about that one.

I’d imagine Levesons inquiry has some mileage left in it and it will go on and on and on and on and on…

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Posted by on November 30, 2012 in BBC, Politics

 

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