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Press Regulation, Budget, Politics – are we HAPPY!

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Budget 2013, a confident performance by George Osborne.
Press Regulation, Cameron calls their Bluff and Wins, maybe!

Well, where do we start Budget, Press Regulation, Politics but that covers everything!

I have to admit that my feelings over the Press Regulation are continuously changing, first I thought we had it under control but with a worry about the control the Lib Dem’s and Labour wanted, then we had Cameron knocking heads together leading to a meeting in Ed Miliband’s office which appeared to come to a, note I say appeared, satisfactory conclusion but

    1. Why was the meeting held in Miliband’s?

  1. I was going to say why didn’t David Cameron go to the meeting but of course he was correct not to go to Miliband’s office, it should have been in Downing Street
  2. Why was there no representative of the press at the meeting
  3. Why was Cameron not informed that ‘Hacked Off’ was at the meeting and why was hacked off at the meeting, ‘Hacked Off’ appears to have been hi-jacked by high-powered celebrities taking an opportunity to neuter the press in the name of the real victims with no thought for democracy!

Only time will tell whether we end up with proper form of Press Regulation which protects the vulnerable but also guarantees Press Freedom which is essential to our democracy, if it doesn’t then it is the duty of the press not to sign up, at the same time being very constructive, hopefully it will not come to this, the devil is in the detail and the final draft. 

The Budget
Not a lot to say for now, just listening to George Osborne and he has made a very confident start and the omens are good so we will see but you will have to wait till tomorrow for comments.

STOP PRESS – Slight but significant changes/freedoms for the Bank of England remit, major cut in employers National Insurance contribution from next year

Once again the devil is in the detail but further cuts, Schools and NHS protected, fully financed tax cuts and you never know this budget could be the making od George Osborne or of course the breaking!

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Further reading

The press regulation charter is illiterate about the internet – The Guardian

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The GuardianThe press regulation charter is illiterate about the internetThe GuardianIf Maria Miller, the culture secretary, has sat in as many conferences on the “future of news” as I have recently (and I hope for her sake she hasn’t), then she migh …

 

 

 

U.K. Newspaper Groups Divided Over Press Regulation Charter – Hollywood Reporter

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Hollywood ReporterU.K. Newspaper Groups Divided Over Press Regulation CharterHollywood ReporterLONDON – Following Monday’s presentation of a tough new press regulation charter in the British parliament, some newspaper publishers continue to make nois …

 

 

Press regulation: a victory for the rich, the celebrated and the powerful – The Guardian

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The GuardianPress regulation: a victory for the rich, the celebrated and the powerfulThe GuardianBut what happened on Monday in Westminster was a ludicrous way to engineer a more disciplined press. We do not have an independent regulator, but the age …

 

 

Press regulation after the Leveson Report: this is not what I had in mind, Mr … – Telegraph.co.uk

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Telegraph.co.ukPress regulation after the Leveson Report: this is not what I had in mind, Mr …Telegraph.co.ukWhat the Prime Minister had in mind is the danger of giving away press freedom. The Americans got there ahead of him, in 1791 to be precise …

 

 

Budget 2013, a confident performance by George Osborne.
Press Regulation, Cameron calls their Bluff and Wins, maybe!
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