Over the past decade or so, perhaps longer, the British political class – homogenised as it has into a single Fabian Society and with its eyes fixed firmly on a vision of the UK as an Orwellian dystopia – has been on the warpath. Peter Oborne described the situation rather well in his book, ‘The Triumph of the Political Class’. Peter Hitchens had plenty of relevant things to say in his book, ‘The Abolition of Britain’, as did Eamonn Butler in his epistle, ‘The Rotten State of Britain’.
Today sees another nail in the coffin of the British way of life when little oiks like me now find themselves in the cross-wires of the political class. As our ‘free’ society inches towards regulation of the press … you know, regulation of newspapers such as The Sun, The Times, The Telegraph, The Grauniad and the like … one discovers in the small print that Moraymint Chatter is also up there with the big names.
You see it’s likely intended that the new Press Regulator would cover not only newspapers as we know and love/hate them, but also bloggers like little ol’ me here. I’ve just been looking at what ‘Index’ has been saying about this subject (link below). The Royal Charter’s definition of a ‘relevant publisher’ will include ‘websites containing news-related material’. Index argues that ‘bloggers could find themselves subject to exemplary damages in court, due to the fact that they were not part of a regulator that was not intended for them in the first place’.
So, dangerous topics for Moraymint to write about would be ‘news or information about current affairs’ and ‘opinion about matters relating to the news or current affairs’. The
Fabian Society three main political parties also warn us bloggers that ‘gossip about celebrities, other public figures or other persons in the news’ could also put us in to litigation territory.
As Nick Cohen observes over at The Spectator (link below), ‘if politicians from all parties … do not … tone down this sweeping legislation a great chill will descend on the free republic of online writing, which until now has been a liberating and democratic force in modern British life’.
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‘Index on Censorship’: http://tinyurl.com/cjltbhq
‘It’s Not a Press Regulator, It’s a Web Regulator’: http://tinyurl.com/bp9onya