Free the Press, Free the Judges
Which is that when we (I) point out that having Ofcom or another government-appointed body “verify” a system of “independent” self-regulation it is no longer independent, we could make the same argument against the supposed independence of the judiciary.
I am grateful to Rick Role for pointing out in the comments on my previous blog post that Chris Grayling’s veto over Supreme Court judge appointments is similar to Maria Miller’s over the appointment of the Ofcom chief executive.
I had not realised that the Lord Chancellor (that’s Grayling, although his day job is Justice Secretary) can reject candidates for the Supreme Court (pictured) “when in the Lord Chancellor’s opinion the person selected is not suitable for the office concerned”.
So, not only do we have to defend the press from the heavy state hand of Ofcom, we are going to have to campaign to free the broadcasters from the diktat of Chief Censor Ed Richards, and we are going to have to fight to liberate Lord Neuberger and his fellow judges from the Grayling jackboot.
We had better get to work.Tagged in: leveson
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