The Prime Minister announced that he was setting up a committee urgently to consider how to address the issue, but he immediately came under pressure to act more swiftly and issue new instructions to the judiciary.
The law may well be an ass but that really isn\’t how it works.
Judges implement the law that the politicians have passed into law. If the politicians have managed to make some godalmighty cock up (as they have here) then the politicians don\’t get to just say \”No, do it differently\”.
They have to go back and change the laws that they themselves made in the first place.
Which is going to be very fun to watch as the tension here is between free speech, a free media, and the right to privacy.
The first is something we rather pride ourselves on, the second is a relatively new right implemented under the Human Rights Act. And if we reopen the HRA then all legislative hell could break loose.
But bak to the first point: if David Cameron were sufficiently stupid to \”issue new instructions to the judiciary\” I for one would love to see the response. For I would expect senior judges to abandon their Latin and resort to choice Anglo Saxonisms.
Politicians do not \”issue instructions\” to judges. They either change laws or they do not.