To the tune of ‘Another Brick in the Wall’ by Pink Floyd – inspired by a poster at Guido’s ( and if you are too young to remember the original tune that the satire is based on then HERE it is.)
‘We don’t need no press regulation
Hattie leave press freedom alone,
You want back Pravda, devoid of truth
Hey Hattie ! leave that press alone’
When I see Harriet Harman pontificating about how necessary it is to have controls on the UK Press, I shudder. I shudder because I’ve lived through possibly one of the worst Labour governments in British History and I can’t think of a person I would trust less to speak on issues of press freedom.
The Labour regime between 1997 and 2010 was categorised by unsustainable levels of immigration, not all of it by people with cultures that would fit in with that in the UK, oppressive taxation , attacks on freedom of speech, and a mushrooming state surveillance culture. As if that wasn’t enough the Labour Government borrowed and extorted money from where ever it could, behaving like a shivering junkie clucking for another fix and desperate for cash.
We’ve all suffered from having to live under Labour’s ‘Potemkin Society’, where economic figures bore no relation to reality, where some groups were more equal than others, and where pointing out that the multiculturalist emperor had no clothes became a criminal offence.
During the Labour regime, the civil service and the police became politicised and Labour local Government in some cases turned a blind eye to one of the greatest sexual abuse scandals of modern times, that of Islamic grooming gangs.
When Harman whips out her forked tongue to call for state press regulations, do you forget all the disasters of the last (and hopefully last ever) Labour government, I don’t. It was the Press that revealed some of the scandals of the last administration, for example in its immigration and border control policies. We heard about these scandals because of the existence of a free press. but if Harriet Harman’s preferred press control option comes about you need to ask yourself: Would we have heard of these scandals if Harman’s Law was in place then? Personally I think that Labour would abuse such a law if in government to suppress criticism not only of government per se, but of Labour’s pet obsession ‘enforced multiculturalism’ and the worship of the great god ‘diversity’.
I don’t want to see press controls imposed by the state, but I want to see the sort of powers that Harriet Harman wants to see even less. I don’t believe the assurances of anybody who is in favour of the ‘full Leveson’ that this ‘underpinning by legislation’ would not be abused by politicians.
I cannot imagine that a future Labour government would not use such laws to censor news of crimes that endanger ‘community cohesion’ such as the Islamic Grooming Gang phenomenon.
It is at times like this that I’m glad that people like Harman are safely in opposition.
Guido Fawkes on Harriet Harman on the subject of control of the press and offshore blogs