This is casuistry worthy of a Jesuit:
No university worries that it is incorporated under a state-backed royal charter. Rather, a charter protects academic freedoms. A charter-backed Independent Press Standards Organisation would offer the same for journalism and the flow of free information. Accusations that this ends centuries of press freedom hide an uglier truth. The British press does not want to be the provider of trusted information for citizens in the public square: rather, it wants to be free to shape the square and the character of the information it supplies, with as little redress and accountability as possible.
That’s not press freedom: that is arbitrary press power. It’s for that reason I have joined a growing number of other writers and signed this week’s letter campaigning for better. So, I hope, will you.
Only by truly surrendering all of your worldly freedoms can you become free enough to properly love God. Only by submitting the regulation of the British press to the sort of people like Hutton that sit on the committees that regulate things can the British press become truly free to express what Hutton thinks the British press should allow to be printed.
To which I have a simple answer. Fuck off Willy.
And I say this as a fully paid up member of that British press. Here, sure, it’s a blog, a small one too. But here I am proprietor, publisher, editor and journalist, all in one. At other places (say, the ASI) I am simply a freelance but that is also a part of the British press. As is The Register, City AM, Anorak and all sorts of other places that I write at. And I ain’t gonna be regulated over what it is acceptable for me to publish. Not by the likes of you, fer sure.
And please do understand that I don’t mean fuck off in a vaguely waving a couple of fingers sort of manner. I mean you, your commission, your ideas and the horse they all rode in on need to go roger themselves until you expire from internal organ failure.