Jay v Hislop

27 May

I miss the Leveson inquiry. What eventually becomes of the much-kicked-around report on press regulation that resulted from it could be the subject of about 50 blogposts, but the inquiry itself was hands-down the best long-form TV concept of the decade. Jokes keep being made about a DVD box set coming out, but, sad to admit, if it were true I’d seriously consider buying one.

It was an Ashes series of media self-absorption; you could switch on BBC Parliament in the morning and it would fill the day, and the week, with cut-and-thrust, unexpected cameos, tours de force, slow, ineluctable swings in fortune … there’s nothing on telly now anywhere near as gripping, or as badly lit.

So let’s have a quick flashback to two of the stars of the show: the superb Robert Jay, chief counsel to the inquiry  (now promoted to the bench), and Ian Hislop, editor of Private Eye, whose position vis-a-vis a semi-statutory press regulator is going to be a tricky one:



2 Responses to “Jay v Hislop”

  1. Picky May 30, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    I’m sure there must be a flaw in Hislop’s argument, but so far I haven’t seen anyone expose it convincingly. Can it be that Lord Gnome’s young man is right, and that all the rest of the flimflam is just political rhubarbing?

    • edlatham May 30, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

      I do find him very persuasive about this; I suppose the problem is how slowly the wheels of justice grind. For all its very many faults, at least the PCC will send out a stern stop-it-at-once email the same day they receive a complaint.

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