I've made the mistake of commenting at Harry's Place. Funny what you find there; From the comments - one 'mettaculture' (6th November, 10.02pm)
"This concern to regulate both powerful corporate control of commercial media because it is seen as reducing pluralism necessary in a democratic, paired with an equal concern to regulate private and non-commercial commentary by citizens as they are perceived as potentially threatening society by the dissemination of anonymous and ‘polluting’ misinformation and malicious intent, seems odd who could hold such seemingly Stalinist views?"
Stalinist? We're back to the old 'democracy = totalitarian' charge, aren't we? Does 'powerful corporate control of commercial media' not reduce pluralism? Does a low barrier to entry that allows anyone to publish lies about anyone else with impunity not 'pollute' public discourse or serve a malicious intent?
Here's a newsflash: Collective action within the bounds of liberal democracy is not totalitarian. And, as such, I repeat, Hazel is broadly right.
Here's another: The witch is dead.
We've already had to bail out the banks because their failure poses a systemic threat to our financial system. A public service model of the media is under direct threat at the moment - and only collective action will prevent the systemic failure that the such a collapse would cause. And for a pittance by comparision to the hand-out that City fat-cats have been given in the last couple of months.
Here's the text of Labour's Clause four:
"....by the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more than we achieve alone, so as to create for each of us the means to realise our true potential and for all of us a community in which power, wealth and opportunity are in the hands of the many, not the few, where the rights we enjoy reflect the duties we owe, and where we live together, freely, in a spirit of solidarity, tolerance and respect."Personally, I preferred the previous version, but to be honest, even Blair's anodyne replacement needs to be repeated again and again in days like these.