So the news, the web, the sphere of UK politics and as reported around the world – it has (predictably) had far reaching effects as media organisations and politicians have been suffering under the weight of the phone hacking and payoffs scandal..
Well yeah, I understand the line of what these journos call reasonable actions to get a story but what is really going on?
It is and always has been…. But the worse part? That government and police and so many others feared it to the point of changing their path of doing what was needed, changing their path in fear of their own demise.. and ultimately it was anyway!!
And yet, how often has there been any true investigative journalism?
I haven’t read a paper for ages, in fact the last one I picked up was months ago – it was 70% advertising, one page of news and the rest celebrity sh*te and sport…. Leaving me thinking about the poor individual whom actually bought it as I dropped it back on the seat of the train.
And who is reporting on all this………. Yep, they’re making money off their own trouble!!! And it’s all well and good asking for resignations, but even Murdoch knows that if he lets a certain member of his staff go – the story will be over… And there’s no money in not having a story.
You see I’m highly irritated by the “Oh lets blame Cameron”, especially by the opposing party Labour… Labour, whom seem to have acquired a schoolboy with a bad voice as it’s leader is spouting off all this complete sh*te when he himself has had meetings to butter up Rupert Murdoch….
But the reality is that everyone at some point saw an opportunity and jumped into bed with a newspaper… A newspaper is obviously a commercial outfit so it didn’t take long for the illusion of power to take hold – especially if you stood against them in any way… For that you only had to wait a few months for the dirt and secrets of your personal life to be exposed…. And that comes generally under the title of Blackmail and Protection racket…
But then it’s only that because people in real power believe the world is going to fall apart in 5 minutes… When of course it’s not!!
Newspapers NEED the NEXT big story so there is only so long they can and will keep up on an issue before they do indeed move on. But what of the politicians that have foolishly read the newspapers believing they are a shortcut to gauging what the people truly think? When in actual fact most people openly don’t believe or concur with what is written – how then has that developed to direct coercion of a nation’s government, made to believe something the Newspapers want them to believe and act upon – when the nation simply does not think that way or even care… You can actually see in the book “The Blair Years” when the then ‘New Labour’ effectively stopped being effective and started simply responding to Newspaper stories and whatever the then US government wanted… It’s frightening stuff and frankly disgusting!!
As such we now have a culture where the truth is no longer told, where everything has to be politically correct while in the real world it isn’t and that the fear that some part of your past will destroy your job, life and livelihood… Freedom of speech is simply and very effectively owned by others and rarely you.
For those reasons I too have never stepped up to consider becoming an MP, I’ve had a life and when younger I really didn’t care what I did or who it may or may not upset.
This blog has had trouble too, I once reported something I witnessed and believed to be true and as such I got damned for it, as while a humourous and honest point of view – one wannabe politician texted and twittered complete out of context lies to the political editors of every newspaper you could name – such was their desperation to wield some form of power over opponents. Nevertheless the email rhetoric and people looking into who I am was very nerve-racking and many people including myself suddenly lost focus. If it wasn’t for the asking one’s self of basic questions, I may have succumbed to it all – thankfully I didn’t, this blog’s good friend Gabsatrucker asked “but what can they really do?” I sat back and thought “Yeah? So what can they really do?!” And of course the answer was nothing…
But in the same vein, I have some totally awesome readers on this blog who have far more up front issues in this regard than I… Some have even commented on here and living a two edged life because of the media must be frankly awful.
They are by definition their own trademarks and sadly such easy targets…. But I will underline that they are good, if not great people!!
So what does old TWB think should be done?
Well obviously the reinstatement of punishments of the hung, drawn and quartered variety is highly desirable… But in reality – This:
I believe there should be a new super commission headed up by people with experience of the wrong end of the Press, that they should have a legal background, yet be of sufficient personal wealth or recourses not to be able to be swayed by bribery of any kind.
In turn these people must be protected in law, that their individual personal lives are a media NO-GO area… They should be chosen by all political parties with HM Queen having the real power on whether they are appointed or not… After all, she is our protector!!
In the area of phone hacking – It really is so simple to do and IS very common place… The Telecommunication act is clear and as such an automatic sentence/punishment (as I can’t talk people into public floggings for some reason) should be awarded to anyone found to carry out such activities.
Then a basic tick list should be set up to make sure that the information reported on is newsworthy and balanced, because why would I even care if someone is gay or straight? If they are a transvestite, or into S&M? What someone does in their bedroom is their business – and as far as I know, it never interferes with the ability to do a job…
Getting caught publicly doing anything lewd IS newsworthy – but I care little about knowing people’s sexual orientation unless I’m the one who wants to do them!!
Other instances where reporting has directly led to someone’s down fall that is not in the public interest or even suicide should be punishable with ease…
Now… this does NOT in any way interfere with “Investigative” journalism – especially if they are uncovering real issues and corruption in the national interest. But as we’ve now seen – there is no industry more corrupt in the UK than that of the newspapers themselves.
So here’s the thing – if it isn’t online, it ain’t news – read the blogs!! These are the newspapers of the 21st Century and so what if a politician goes and parties a little too hard or wears a nazi uniform to a fancy dress night – it’s all Bull Sh*t!!!! it’s humour, a laugh and if you can’t laugh – get out of my country!!!!
But please… someone shut that Ed Miliband up…. he’s about ready for a HUA award I think – please comment if you agree :-)