The commentators 19-02-15
...on Chelsea and racism
The saddest thing is that men such as these men, who “like” hating strangers of whom they know nothing, really do feel that they are the ones being oppressed by a sinister ideology, when all that’s oppressing them is their own nasty, small-minded resentment.
- Deborah Orr, The Guardian
There are a lot of people who have an eye for a conveniently easy fight. The same people who will condemn video of these fans will continue to laugh along with people who make jokes about gas chambers..
- Musa Okwonga, The Independent
Let’s get a grip. A group of moronic Chelsea fans preventing a black man from getting on to a train carriage in Paris is not representative of a wider problem. It isn’t even representative of Chelsea fans.
The real problem in English football is different.
It isn’t thugs who shout racist epithets; it is men in suits who harbour what psychologists call “subliminal bias”.
- Matthew Syed, The Times
The footage from Paris is, of course, awful. But it does feel like the last-stand of the losers. And maybe that’s the biggest change of all.
- John Mullin, The Independent
There has been celebration today of the recommendation that a judge should approve applications relating to journalists - but most reports have omitted the caveat in the second half of the sentence from their intros. Here it is in full (my underscore):
"Judicial authorisation must be obtained in cases where communications data is sought to determine the source of journalistic information."
Even under the commission's formula, journalists could still have their phone and email records examined by the police on the say-so of a senior officer for other purposes...And why shouldn't they?
No similar protection is proposed for lawyers, doctors, priests and their confidential dealings with clients, patients or parishioners. Perhaps their respective trade journals should kick up a fuss as Press Gazette did.
And how about the other half-million people whose personal data are scrutinised every year?
Protection for sources, not journalists
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