Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The establishment replicates itself

The debate about post-Leveson implementation (regulation of the press) can be viewed as a classic "who will watch the watchers" issue (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? - Juvenal).






The post-Leveson proposals have generated a tremendous amount of debate.

The Establishment has reacted to Leveson by setting up an institution created by Royal Charter - this is an interesting case study on how the establishment replicates itself, and mutates to respond to changes in the environment.

Personally I would have favoured direct public elections to membership of the regulatory body voted on by the people (and to all those who say you can't have elections to everything my reply is yes you can).

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/03/without-real-contrition-press-piety-leaves-me-cold

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/david-cameron-insists-plans-for-postleveson-royal-charter-for-press-regulation-will-work-and-endure-despite-hostility-from-newspaper-groups-8539779.html

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