Sunday, 12 July 2009

No such thing as privacy

I am writing this blog on the 10th July. The number of questions that the press want to ask Andy Coulson is increasing. He was the editor of the News of the World, and is now director of communications for the Conservative Party. There have been calls for his resignation on the grounds that he must have known about the eavesdropping, to put it in its mildest terms. Some would say that he has acted illegally but no action was taken because he resigned. It seems that journalists are not far behind politicians when it comes to escaping the full force of the law.

Andy Coulson should lose his job for no other reason than he has not yet spoken to the press. What kind of PR is that? The Tories are standing by Mr Coulson even though at best he is someone who is not doing his job and at worst he is deeply implicated in scandalous revelations. Were these revelations illegal? David Cameron says he deserves a second chance but a second chance for what?

The underlying theme is that it is alright to eavesdrop. Margaret Thatcher is famous as saying there is no such thing as society. It seems now there is no such thing as privacy.

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