The commentators 18-02-15
...on UK politics
David Cameron sees that a EU referendum is inevitable. Ed Miliband sees it is a nightmare policy that solves nothing. Both can be right. It would defer a few problems while spawning new ones like Hydra’s heads. It would be a monster beyond the control of its creator, roaming the political landscape, spitting poison into debate, ravaging the government’s agenda.
- Rafael Behr, The Guardian
The paucity of aspirations of those who'd have us become Littler Britain or Greater Norway would be duly exposed in a referendum campaign. Two-thirds of the British public want Britain to lead in Europe by demonstrably working together with its allies. Making the case for EU membership will require leadership, reform and a values-led campaign that reaches hearts as well as minds. The fight will be epic but the pro-British arguments can and will prevail.
- Peter Wilding, Daily Telegraph
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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