November 29th, 2012

How Statutory Regulation Would Work


  1. 1
    Lord Stansted says:

    A dog’s breakfast.


  2. 2
    nambawan pikinini bilong Misis kwin says:

    So many new non jobs


  3. 3
    Kebab Time says:

    a win for the lawyers.


  4. 6
    Vaguely right says:

    I like the accuracy bit.

    That’s al-beeb, The Gordian and The Indebt screwed before we start.


    • 36
      Unintended consequences come a callin' says:

      Damn, you beat me to it.

      Basically, every paper’s screwed. Especially the Daily Mail.


  5. 8
    PBT says:

    who said it will work?

    William Hill?


  6. 9
    Steve Miliband says:

    State meddling, quango creating, common purpose, taxpayer funded nonesense


  7. 10
    Frederick says:

    The most important question to ask is – if this regulatory body has been in existence 5 years ago, would the Telegraph have been allowed to pay a security man to get the CD containing all of the MPs expenses.

    I fear the answer is no.


  8. 11
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    Great. Another Quango for the Lib / Lab / Con Party to stuff with their placemen.

    Another nail in the coffin of democracy, another giant power grab by the Lib / Lab / Con Party.

    Welcome to East Germany.


    • 66
      Arbeit, just a little bit of arbeit would do says:

      Fantastic Sandra. It’s going to great living in a country with a working economy and where the West Germans are killing themselves to bail you out.


    • 77
      Lard Prescott says:

      Where do I apply ?


  9. 14
    Anonymous says:

    Will the Independent Board be as “independent” as those involved with the Leveson inquiry?
    If so,we’re f**ked.


    • 46
      Common Purpose 'Charity' says:

      We will of course endeavour to stuff any independent board with our stooges.


    • 68
      Just spit it out; don't dance round it says:

      Are you:

      a) A bit of a prude who puts covers on the table legs lest they inflame the servants; or

      b) Using a new form of English that involves using symbols as well as letters: or

      c) Having to improvise because the fucking “c” and “k” letters on your keyboard are fucking fucked?


  10. 16

    If that independent board was comprised of people who had never held a government or party position, I’d be a little happier.

    On first reading of the executive summary this doesn’t seem as bad as expected – the reach is rather shallow actually. No surprises. Although I’m wondering how the hell all contacts – ALL – between press and politicians can be tacked/verified and presented.

    now for the full report…


  11. 17
    Jimmy says:

    State control of the press is necessary – the alternative is Murdoch.


    • 22
      Memories at the corner of my mind, says:

      We’ve had 13 years of state control of the press Jimmy, WMD Iraq comes to mind


    • 37
      Steve Miliband says:

      Is that the Murdoch that supported Labour in the 90’s? Should have got him to invest in your Labour Uncut whilst he was onside


    • 39
      Common Purpose says:


      What colour is the ceiling on your ward?


    • 42
      The Labour Parteh says:

      Labour are at war with Murdoch. Labour have always been at war with Murdoch.


    • 56
      Anonymous says:

      No. no. Let the traitor speak. You were just telling us why you hate this country so much Jimmy.


    • 57
      JH1 says:

      OK, so I can be subjected to utter misery, sanctimony, authoritarianism and common-purpose inspired bullshit, OR I can look at a really nice pair of tits – if I want to.

      Hum hah, hum hah, hum hah…

      Can I have some more time to think about it?


    • 58
      Kreatcherr says:

      I rather suspect that is truer then any Sun headline!

      So what is the betting on this one…Murdoch Rupert to sneak in the back door (through a shell company) to get his grubby little mits on B SKY B cos Hunt (silent H harsh C) seems to have swanned off unblemished and knows where the bodies are buried!

      And what about Piers Moron…seems he wriggled out from under as well.
      Hmmm…not that impressive then Brian!

      Will the coalition split?…Blighty might get lucky!
      Will Jessica discover Chester’s affair…?”Will Chester care …These
      questions – and many others – will be answered in the next episode of the
      Government trying to protect cronies while keeping its butt from being kicked.”


      • 67
        world's gone mad says:

        Just imagine if the Tories under Thatcher had announced state regulation of the press.
        People like Jimmy, Shami Chakrabati, Chris Bryant,Tom Watson etc would be the first to demonstrate against it.


  12. 18
    Oh I say, hey oik! says:

    Can I just have a laugh at the word “independent” LOL, they gotta be kidding, how the hell is the media or the gubby politicians going to work that one out, the only way that’s possible is to go into the streets and get people to do it, 12 good braindead/plebs and true.


  13. 21
    Kreatcherr says:

    Where was the recommendation for more tits with breakfast?
    Significant failings all around then!


  14. 23
    lola says:

    What a complete fucking mess. A bureaucrats wet dream. Leveson is a complete authoritarian tosser IMHO.

    I think you ought to know I am now getting a bit niggled by all this regulationism.


    • 74
      Kreatcherr says:

      Well it would not be required if folks grew some integrity in their backbone.
      Thing is they cannot be trusted, the Press has proved that point over and over again.


  15. 24
    Anonymous says:

    No-one with any Common Purpose links must be allowed to sit on the board.


  16. 25
    Vacant Possession says:

    That looks fair:-

    Another opportunity for sinister infiltration and manipulation by Common Purpose “graduates”.



  17. 26
    Usual suspects says:

    Max Mosely pleased. Hacked off pleased. Chris Bryant pleased. Shami Chakrabarti pleased.

    You can be sure that Brian has got something wrong then.


  18. 28
    Anonymous says:

    Thank god it doesn’t matter one jot as Dave, Nick, David (or do i mean Ed, i always get those two mixed up) Brian and cronies can’t regulate the Internet. Although I’m sure they’ll try. The sheer hilarity of the lib dems having liberal in their name is like all those people’s republics that are so run by the people for the people. Not!


  19. 29
    SouthEastVoter says:

    So what is a newspaper these days?
    Print one thing in the Newspaper (declining revenues) – then something else on there Website/Ipad App etc which is all set up in a FREE nation. Added bonus they can reduce there tax bill as well.


  20. 30
    Anonymous says:

    Rebekah Brooks made her own statement on Leveson this morning by appearing in court dressed in a hacking jacket and what looked like jodhpurs.


  21. 34
    Sir David Bell says:

    I’ve already had my application accepted for membership of the new Independent Board, together with several of my fellow Common Purpose colleagues. So, sorreeee, no more places available.


  22. 38
    nellnewman says:

    Oh Dear and how much is this government appointed ‘independent’ authority going to cost us the taxpayer? It’ll have to have a ceo earning at least twice what cameron is paid plus another 500 staff all well remunerated, generously pensioned with access to bottomless expenses.

    And all this on top of leveson’s inquiry which has already cost us £6million!!!


    • 52
      Unintended consequences come a callin' says:

      Yes, and if the press dare to question the expenses of this new ‘independent’ authority – or indeed, anything about this new independent authority – who’s going to ensure there aren’t ‘repercussions’.

      Perhaps we need another independent authority to oversee the first one.


  23. 45
  24. 75
    Not a number or a free man says:

    Let me translate that for you…

    Independent Board with a majority of Common Purpose leftists. Appointed in secret by a process approved in advance by New Labour apparatchiks.

    Membership is open to all establishment insiders with the right connections.

    Funding is agreed between insiders and other insiders on the basis that the proles will pay, and is adequate to deliver really good lunches.

    Standards Code, adopted by the Board, following their prejudices, and advised by sleazy actors. Covering-up:
    • Misconduct
    • Crimes conducted in private
    • Accurate reports that embarrass the powerful

    Complaints Handling – Decisions on whether the individual is anyone important. Complaints from nobodies may be ignored by a sub-committee and on appeal by the whole Board. All real or imaginary breaches of the code to be recorded for purposes of intimidation.

    Standards Enforcement – People we know but who don’t officially work for us will denounce anyone we don’t like. Will control media from the inside, in a serious and systemic way. Sanctions to be arbitrary and disproportionate.

    Arbitration Service – Quickly becomes fairly expensive. Agreement to use the service will be made unavoidable. Non-members won’t get a fair trial.


  25. 78
    Dolefinger says:

    If they can prove it, they can print it.

    Everyone has an expectation of privacy, especially those not in public life.

    I remember when the first bloke to play Mark Fowler in Eastenders killed himself, after being hounded by the press. This is not news, just spite!

    Where is the line drawn between a Newspaper being of true journalistic integrity, and being the personal journal of whatever lunatic happens to own it?

    There is a happy medium somewhere, and politicians are the last people I would want to make such important decisions. At least until they grow up.



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