Here is a commentary on the outrageous libel laws in the United Kingdom.
I am all for respecting the privacy of individuals, but to the extent those individuals allow themselves to become public (to include political) personalities they make themselves more the subject to public scrutiny. The fact that the man down the street is having an affair should be of little interest. The fact that some high ranking politician is using his position to seduce our wives and daughters (or husbands and sons) should be of interest to us, given that their power comes from us. We, via our adulation, are part of the problem and should thus be part of the solution.
I give you the Profumo Affair, to distance ourselves in time and space. But, there is also Representative Anthony Weiner or, for balance, Senator John Ensign (R-NV).
A free press, a freedom of speech, are important in helping us police our political life.
Hat tip to the Instapundit.
Regards — Cliff
2 years ago