When I heard that Mr. Cameron and Mr. Clegg disagreed over regulating the press, for one moment I thought Mr. Clegg might actually have a streak of liberalism in him. No such luck - he wants more regulation sooner.
I am a very broad minded person, who tolerates all sorts of political views, but I lose almost all respect for anyone who thinks the press should be regulated.
What especially galls me is that the hacking of the Prince and Princess of Wales's telephones provoked no outrage but hacking a murder victim's did. But hacking always was illegal - how can hacking be a reason for more laws? Dominic Lawson discusses this brilliantly here.
Englishmen who want a right of privacy or press regulation are unworthy of their English blood. Where is a new John Milton to defend press freedom? By which I mean the right of the press to snoop and pry and publish the details of sado-masochistic sex games involving rich men.
Milton! thou should'st be living at this hour:
England hath need of thee: she is a fen
Of stagnant waters: altar, sword and pen,
Fireside, the heroic wealth of hall and bower,
Have forfeited their ancient English dower
Of inward happiness. We are selfish men;
Oh! raise us up, return to us again;
And give us manners, virtue, freedom, power.