May 23rd, 2009

politics, london calling

Apparently we're not allowed to criticise newspapers anymore...

So, yes, freedom of speech. That would include a right for MPs to respond with their views when a major newspaper decides that the best way to highlight a major flaw in the system of government is to go on a rampage, attacking each and every MP individually, wouldn't it?

Like this blog by Tory MP Nadine Dorries

Yes, that's a broken link (google cached version - you've got to love google for things like this). OK, I may not agree with everything she says, but she has the right to say it and she does have some valid points.

I don't know what the telegraph's stance on UKIP/BNP is, but I would be very surprised if their motivation for the articles has been entirely about reforming the expenses system. The way they have spread it out over such a period of time and gone for personal attacks on individual MPs doesn't seem to fit with that. Although I'd probably veer more on the conclusion that they're generally doing it to sell more papers and gain a bit of the limelight.

However, if they are going to respond to criticism like this, then what little respect for them I had left after past couple of weeks, has now gone entirely.

Telegraph group takes down Dorries blog (via jackofkent)