Journalism and shit

Francis Sedgemore, Thursday 29 November 2012 at 0:59 UTC

It is but a few hours now until the rhetorical shit hits the fan. As I type Brian Leveson will no doubt be sleeping soundly, safe in the knowledge that his job is done, and it is left for other unfortunates to pick up the pieces and do what they will with them.

Going by the controlled release of information from government on Wednesday evening, it would seem that Leveson will recommend some form of statutory regulation of the British press.

And the ruling class is divided. Excellent! Any attempt at statutory regulation is doomed from the word go. If they build it, we will wreck it.

We live in interesting times.

When all is said and done, journalism is a trade, not a profession. You can regulate a journalist to the same degree that you can regulate a toilet attendant.