I’ve just posted a piece on Total Politics calling for the Lib Dems to stand against any state regulation of the press in response to Leveson tomorrow.
You can imagine how well that has gone down with some sections of the party.
It seems that there is no problem that they don’t believe adding more laws (or taxes,) can solve. This has come to the fore over phonehacking, with elements in the left of the party demaniding one powerful institution (the government) to stamp on another (the press). Indeed, these supposed bastions of liberalism seem to simply want
As I lay out, it rather misses the point that we have laws that govern the behaviour of the media, which need properly enforcing.
Always seeing the state as the answer is a very dangerous habit for liberals to get into.