The more liberal and broadsheet press have, understandably, and in the case of the Guardian deservedly, had a good time with the unfolding crisis around News International.
The now finished News of the World is in hot water for illegally intercepting the phone calls of dozens of bold-faced names.
The News of the World has abused its powers, but fundamentally we have a free press, don’t we?
Draft decree on the press, November 1917
For the bourgeoisie, freedom of the press meant freedom for the rich to publish and for the capitalists to control the newspapers, a practice which in all countries, including even the freest, produced a corrupt press.
The closure of the News of the World and the redeployment – and possible redundancy – of around 300 staff provides the labour movement with an opportunity to re-unionise a workplace smashed up by the bosses in the '80s.
AWL London forum: Wed 20 July, 19:30, Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Rd, London WC1X 8JR. Speakers Dave Osler and Cathy Nugent.
I was amused to see the integral role played by tennis stars in Britain's industrial relations being reaffirmed recently when the Evening Standard enlisted Andy Murray and Elena Baltacha in its ongoing hate campaign against Tube workers and their union, the RMT.
Most of the press haven’t been very interested in 30 June. The tabloids have only had brief factual reports of statements by government ministers and union leaders.
You shouldn’t, a lot of the time, of course. But a general approach of believing nothing in the bourgeois media is just as mind-rotting as credulity.
Over the bank holiday weekend of 28-30 May a number of British papers covered stories on the “Ten worst excuses put forward by benefit cheats”. This was simple and yet carefully crafted populist journalism.