November 18th, 2012

Public Don’t Prioritise Press Regulation

That shackling the press with statutory regulation is a priority only for the chattering classes, just like constitutional reform, is borne out by the survey released today by the Free Speech Network. Bread and butter issues dominate the public’s worries…

The Sunday Times has produced a handy graphic to highlight Common Purpose, the openly elitist group behind much of the effort to undermine the freedom of the press through the Media Standards Trust and its associated Hacked Off campaign on behalf of coke-snorting and hooker-hiring celebs who want tougher privacy laws.

 click to enlarge

See also: Media Standards Trust: Unaccountable and Undemocratic


  1. 1
    Muuurty's Ghuuurst says:

    Are you meant to write ‘First !’ and feel better for it? If so, it doesn’t work


  2. 2
    Tom Watson says:

    Don’t you understand It’s not about hacked phones Milly Dowler or abused kids, it’s about destroying Murdoch and dragging down the Tories as well.
    As far as us nice people of the left are concerned that is of the up most priority fuck what the public think.


  3. 3
    White Van Man says:

    Where is gay marriage in this Dave ? Doesn’t seem to appear, does it ?


    • 59
      Living in 98 percent white Merseyside (with a view towards 99% white N. Wales) says:

      And Europe is well down the list.


  4. 4
    1984 says:

    That’s a bit of a problem for those who do value a free press. Because if it isn’t a priority for the public there won’t be any kind of a public backlash when they introduce all these new laws to muzzle the press.

    Although, with the way the press has traditionally conducted itself, being chiefly concerned with who is fucking who rather than holding the Labour government to account for fucking the economy, they have only themselves to blame.


    • 9
      Marmite says:

      Agree 1984. Have you seen the front page of the Sun on Sunday? Not fit to wipe your arse on.

      As for holding Labour to account, it seems to me that during the 13 years those b*st*rds were in Office, only good things happened. BLiar… gloss over it …….McDoom… gloss over it…… illegal w*r…..& dodgy dossier……..gloss over it….. I really could go on & on, but what’s the point?


      • 27
        Quiet Bat Person says:

        It’s not clear fom the survey graphic whether few people care if there were to be restrictions on press freedom, or few people want restrictions on press freedom.

        Very different things.


    • 62
      The Public says:

      What has the “free” press ever done for us?


  5. 5
    Latimer Alder says:

    Those poor poor celebs. Must be awful for them…../sarc

    Those who live and profit from celebrity soon find it can be a double-edge sword.

    Tough shit.


    • 7
      1984 says:

      ‘Celebrity’ means that people can write only nice things about you?

      Who knew?


      • 13
        Latimer Alder says:


        ‘Celebrity’ means that people can write only fawning things that you approve of about you?

        And how do people know that you have become a celebrity? Because
        people can write only fawning things that you approve of about you.

        Am I the only one who reads the term ‘celebrity’ and hastily turns the page?


      • 55
        Anonymous says:

        what is relevant?
        what is appropriate?

        anything goes.


  6. 6
    dfjjf says:

    Can’t click to enlarge?


    • 39
      A Pedant says:

      Me neither… magnify your screen… resolution’s not that brilliant, but you can get the gist.


    • 40
      Jimmy says:

      This one’s a bit clearer


    • 56
      Ivor Biggun says:

      The other half may be able to help…..


      • 64
        Susie says:

        I liked the way I made this policeman’s eyes blink when he prevented my 94 year old father (an ex-Japanese POW) from attending the village’s Remembrance parade last Sunday by barricading the street.

        He started his scripted “I appreciate your frustration, Madam, but…”

        “Don’t you give my your COMMON PURPOSE garbage!”


  7. 8
    Timmytour says:

    What the public care about is the right to elect Police and Crime Commissioners…. oh wait


    • 14
      Latimer Alder says:

      I’d rather have some control over my local plod via PCCs than let the jerks in the Home Office run the show for political correctness reasons. It may be only a small start but it’s a step in the right direction.


  8. 10
    One Word Willy says:



  9. 11
    Superman says:

    Of course most people don’t care!!!!
    Until they are libelled! It doesn’t happen often to Joe Public so not a priority. But it is still wrong. Power to Levenson! But he will bottle it. Murdoch, Black, Maxwell and BBC, all ciminals who think they wrere above law, should be brought to justice.They may have differing political agendas but have self interest in common. Book them I say. Study Gilligan as an example. Lying little bastard protected by BBC and press


    • 15
      1984 says:

      Gilligan? Protected?

      It was Gilligan who got the dirt on the Blair/Campbell WMD lies and who, as a reward, was left twisting in the breeze by the BBC. Not that they (the BBC) had any choice in the matter when an ‘independent inquiry’ (sound familiar) found that Blair and Campbell weren’t a pair of liars at all, fuck no and eviscerated the entire BBC management as encouragement to how they (Labour) would like the BBC to behave in future.

      Gilligan had his revenge on Labour though. He ended Ken’s gangster reign and installed Boris in London.

      And he’s not pulling his punches now that the BBC is on the ropes. Can’t say I blame him.


      • 26
        Superman says:

        Not defending Blair. But Gilligan in his initial report lied. Had he corrected his story immediately Kelly would still be alive. BBC tried initially to cover for him then let him take shit. Typical of way press behave. Same now with Sun journalists.


      • 29
        Quiet Bat Person says:

        Much as I loathe Ken, Gilligan made a complete arse of himself by failing to understand the cumulative P&L account figures in Ken’s business accounts.

        He was either being wilfully ignorant and making mischief, or too dumb to consult an accountant who would point out where he went wrong in analysing Ken’s accounts.

        Makes me wonder about Gilligan’s thoroughness.

        Still, at least Ken didn’t get in. A result of sorts, I suppose.


        • 36
          jgm2 says:

          Ken was fucked the second he accused Boris of dodgy tax affairs and then refused to produce his own accounts.

          Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving chap.


          • Anonymous says:

            ken was feked.
            is this defamatory.
            everything has become unclear.

            boris talk about the lowest rung of hell.
            perhaps he may discover that is the 2nd lowest circle.


    • 24
      Anonymous says:

      What would you think about a Joe Public being libelled by a government funded agency?

      Happening right this minute, and they do not care.


    • 41
      Blowing Whistles says:

      Waiter! Waiter! WAITER! – The biggest saucer of milk in the house for Mr David Rose of the MOS – Miaooooow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Nice inverted of factual logic diatribe Mr Rose – but are you not hiding behind many tiers of protection yourelf?

      btw David the true and “factual” saying is “Comment is free, but facts are sacred” and they are ‘attributed’ to C.P. Scott May 5th 1921.

      Shouldn’t you get the simplest of “facts and attributes” right?


    • 57
      Anonymous says:

      if we can just understand child sexual abuse, everything will fall into place.
      the emotions it creates range from hysteria to vomiting.

      if we can contain ourselves then the information could be available to us.
      it is relevant but timing is to be appropriate too.


  10. 12
    Glenn Beck says:

    And people ridicule me for putting flow charts on a chalkboard to show who knows whom and who deals with whom, like I was some sort of looney tune in dire need of a tinfoil hat. I may be a little bit of a goofball, but I’m not paranoid; there really ARE people out there who mean us no good. Pardon me for a bit of religiosity, but Baudelaire had it right: “The Devil’s greatest trick is to convince us he does not exist.”


  11. 16
    Jimmy says:

    Tomorrow on Guido: WTC7 – the Truth!


  12. 17
    JH3 says:

    Does anyone have an material from these ‘Common Purpose courses’?

    It sounds like a fucking Alpha Course for lefties. Do they all drop to the floor and start speaking in progressive tongues?


    • 31
      Jimmy says:

      Usual stuff. World domination. Black helicopters. Soylent Green. Why do you ask?


    • 60
      Anonymous says:

      it is great that the phrase common purpose has come to light.
      we all do have a common purpose and that is to follow our individual life purpose. we are all different,

      so no common purpose, but rather different purpose please. This will eveolve into individual purpose, will the world fragment, those who edit themselves in order to follow a common purpose and those who stay true. one is scared but the orher free. it is untrue that So.vile has the ultimate freedom, he was a slave to his desires.


    • 75
      Blowing Whistles says:

      There’s been plenty of material out there for years – the not suprising to some however is – how come Rupee and Rothee “ONLY NOW” start “squealing like pigs” about it?

      Last chance ‘desperado’s’ saloon anybody?


  13. 19
    If its a rip off give us a tip off says:

    Fawkes clearly does not understand that we pay Mr Cameron and his cohorts a small fortune to sort all these matters out for us .


  14. 22
    sort that out says:

    Our relationship with the EU is intimately entwined with immigration concerns.


  15. 30
    Jimmy says:

    EU not the #1 issue?

    Who knew?


  16. 43
    Sue Brown says:

    What do expects Hugh Grants career is dead as dodo. Who wants to support bog standard journalism anyway?


  17. 44
    Cicero says:

    Anyone looking into reports that Francis Maude, head of the government’s ‘Nudge’ behavioural science unit (why do we need one of those, I hear you ask), wanted Common Purpose to ‘train’ the top 200 civil servants?


    • 46
      Pavlov says:

      You didn’t hear me ask. I know the answer. The government is merely continuing the same shit the labour Party got up to.


      • 54
        Blowing Whistles says:

        Can we expect the MSM ‘Free press’ to expose all of this “In The Public Interest” of course …. wait a minute … ughh maybe not…?


        • 66
          Anonymous says:

          same ‘ol same ‘ol.
          more of the same.
          with the appearance of change.


          • Cicero says:

            Constant change – the Marxist idea of perpetual revolution.
            All any politician seems to call fro these days is change.
            “Time for a change’ “Change we need’ etc etc.


  18. 47
    Go get 'em Guidio says:

    PCC elections in Dorset WE got an independent!!…………an ex-copper so not much change there then eh


    • 53
      PCC Bollux says:

      Move along now, Sir. Trust in Plod. He is Almighty and will look after you.


    • 76
      Blowing Whistles says:

      On a slightly more positive note – you could have had a swivel eyed bald headed CCJ concealing militant political tory boy luvvy!


      • 78
        Bluto says:

        CCJs these days are much more likely to be pop-eyed, lefty graduates of Common Purpose, more interested in reconstructing un-reconstructed dissidents and peddling New Labour’s gospel rather than justice.


  19. 50
    Muuurty's Ghuuurst says:

    My initial interpretation of the graph is the those in charge are concentrating on the complete opposite to what Joe Public wants.

    Now there’s a shock.


    • 52
      Grateful Serf says:

      How can that be? We live in a perfect Liebour/Con/Libdum democracy. Our representative M.P.s are honest, conscientious and admirable in every respect.


  20. 51
    Muuurty's Ghuuurst says:

    *is that


  21. 58
    Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

    Does anybody know what disciplinary measures the BBC has taken over the people who allowed the Newnight programme to go out? Or have they refused to give any details?


  22. 72
    MB. says:

    I suspect it depends on how the question was worded. Put something about stopping hacking and intrusion then might get more people selecting it.


    • 73
      Jimmy says:

      How dare you suggest that an astroturf “group” set up by the newspaper industry would indulge in push polling or that Guido would be lazy enough to parrot it.

      The very idea.


  23. 79
    Joe Public Esq says:

    I’m shocked


  24. 80
    Barbara Windsor ca. 1967 says:

    If you’re gonna print results of a survey, howsabout giving us the question and an idea who/how many were asked?
    Also, does “prioritise” mean “this subject is important” or “Yes, I want politicos to Hoon about with this stuff”, and it doesn’t suggest what brand of Hooning those questioned would prefer.


  25. 83

    We have been running countless posts on Common Purpose for years and it’s wonderful that this is finally getting recognition, esp Media Standards Trust. All power to your drinking arm, Guido.


  26. 84
    slayer of fools says:

    But you’re a Tory Hunt, guido, so what’s wrong with elitism? Oh, leftist elitism is different… oh please.


Media Reader

Clodagh’s Law | Press Gazette
Meanwhile, in Russia… | Media Guido
Christmas TV Tips | Laura Perrins
All Star Line Up for New BBC Theme Park | David Keighley
City AM’s Kate McCann Joins The Sun | MediaGuido
What Has 57 Heads, 12 Controllers and 321 Editors? | Press Gazette
Where are Brand’s Ideas? | Nigel Farage
BBC’s Biased Drama | Tim Montgomerie
Yet Another Press Freedom Row | Mail
Blair Gong for Deng Dong | Speccie
Philosopher King of Networked Journalism Stands Down | Charlie Beckett

Find out more about PLMR AD-MS

Labour insiders turn on Ed over Powell’s latest gaffe:

“When is he going to stop promoting useless people? He was warned about her.”

Tip off Guido
Web Guido's Archives

Subscribe me to:


AddThis Feed Button

Guido Reads

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,641 other followers