The WSJ explains the unholy alliance that will see the UK regress 300 years in press regulation.
… a troika of tabloid-haters want the press neutered: politicians, celebrities with something to hide, and left-wing media campaigners.
While the Labour Party’s left wing has always hated the so-called “Tory Press,” now they are joined by Conservative Party politicians who have had their personal financial shenanigans—not to mention their extramarital adventures—splashed across the red-topped tabloids. Roughly 70 Conservative parliamentarians have now joined with the Labour and Liberal Democratic parties to support statutory regulation of the press.
Then there are the stars. The celebrities—such as comedian Steve Coogan, actor Hugh Grant and ex-Formula 1 boss Max Mosley—who so vigorously support press regulation each have history with the tabloids. They have been featured on their pages, respectively, in a cocaine-and-strippers orgy, a sleazy liaison on Sunset Boulevard with a hooker, and at a German-themed sadomasochistic spanking party. It’s hardly surprising that they support tougher privacy laws to prevent the tabloids from intruding into their lives.
Finally, the British left has long believed that a major obstacle to achieving socialist utopia is the existence of a popular center-right British press that appeals to the prejudices of the working classes and convinces them to vote Tory.
So the motive of any – any – person wanting to regulate the press is suspect. Always has been, always will be.