The News International scandal is just the tip of the iceberg of unelected oligarchies and corporate power in Britain’s democracy, according to a new report by David Beetham of the LSE, arguing that:
it serves to distract attention, as the MPs’ expenses affair did, from the ongoing embrace of the corporate world by politicians, of which their toadying to Murdoch has been such an egregious example.
Meanwhile, using a piece of legislation for other than the intended purpose, the Met is seeking to force the Guardian to produce its source for the Milly Dowler phone hacking story by way of the Official Secrets Act. Precedent seems to suggest that they won’t get very far in this course of action, but it is an unnecessary, not to mention expensive, battle for the Guardian to face. Especially at a time when they have been picking up almost universal plaudits for pursuing the story in the face of so much hostility.
After a summer of revelations, it looks like this one has got much further to run yet.