Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Oh really?

OK, now the dead tree press, aka "The Daily Telegraph" has published the expenses of all the parties.

Labour- Yueeeeech, Tories.. clean moat, Sir? Lib Dem- nice to see you look after your daughter, Mr. George.

Now, will the Journalists on the Telegraph please publish their expenses.

Oooooh Noooo- we work for a private company...

"Power without responsibility, the prerogative of the harlot through the ages".

3 comments:

Richard T said...

There is of course an argument that the revenue for the press barons does come from the public and hence there is a legitmate interest in seeing how it's used - tax avoidance by the Murdoch empire, the Barclays and the Harmondsworths. Did I mention the vast sums the proprietor of the Express pays himself? I don't want to go into moral relativism but there is such a thing as sin and the first stone and I struggle to see spotlessness amongst those who will profit from these exposures. As you say, Baldwin had it spot on.

Bishop Hill said...

"There is of course an argument that the revenue for the press barons does come from the public and hence there is a legitmate interest in seeing how it's used."

It is, of course, a spurious argument though.

Anonymous said...

(1) Daily Telegraph journalists are not paid by the tax payer (you and me). I care where my taxes go, and I don't care where Telegraph subscribers' money goes.

(2) The Daily Telegraph is subject to market forces, and the House of Commons is not. If the Telegraph's expenses can't be afforded, the Daily Telegraph goes under and the journalists lose their jobs.

(3) Misuse of public funds is a very serious matter.