OF COURSE LORDS WANT A TOOTHLESS PRESS TO HIDE WRONGDOING OF THEIR OWN


If the House of Lords has a death-wish – which I very much doubt – it is certainly going the right way about it. Earlier this month, the some 200 peers successfully voted to make it much harder for newspapers to investigate corruption – a move which has been universally attacked and, it is hoped, the elected House of Commons will soon correct.  What makes this decision by the House of Lords even more sinister is that many of the peers who voted for it have themselves been exposed by newspapers, either for expenses wrongdoing, or sexual misbehaviour, among other misdeeds.  No wonder they want a toothless Press to enable them to get on with their crimes without serious challenge.  For parliament to have passed such a monstrous course of action is unbelievable and must be remedied, otherwise the media will be as hidebound and subject to Government controls as was the case with the Soviet Press during the Cold War.  Whatever happened to free speech?
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