Crisis in perspective

Baroness Deech

I have been in Malta for a few days, at a long-arranged family law conference.  It turned out to coincide with the vote in Malta to allow divorce for the first time, and the passage of the new divorce bill.  The Prime Minister and the Archbishop attended part of  the conference. The Maltese population is 95% Catholic and take this issue very seriously.  They are also very close to the N. African coast and preoccupied with events there and in the rest of the Arab world.  Perhaps this distance helped me try to get our current domestic crisis in perspective. I am particularly concerned that we have lost our counter terrorism chief over hacking-related allegations, having heard him on the radio asserting his innocence.  I understand the need to put limits on the Murdoch empire and what is driving the vehemence of parliamentarians and the rest of the press, and I understand the dreadful implications of police corruption. Now we have the Leveson inquiry, the Grabiner inquiry, the Filkin inquiry (good for her, the woman who appeared to have been ousted from her post as Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards because she was doing the job almost too well).  In the meantime, are we taking our eyes off worsening unrest in the Middle East, a further lurch into world recession, serious trouble in Libya and Afghanistan and all the other world crises?  I suspect their repercussions will be with us long after the hacking scandal has receded.  And I wonder why the public seems less moved by our domestic news shocker than are the media and politicians, or so it seems. Dismay, but no surprise. Newspapers are of less relevance to the younger generation, who increasingly take their news from the internet.

PS Congratulations to the newly elected speaker Baroness d’Souza, welcome news for all and especially women and crossbenchers.

5 comments for “Crisis in perspective

  1. MilesJSD
    19/07/2011 at 5:54 am

    Seems obvious, that The Public “prefers” to be daily and Sundays-included inundated under Scandal,
    rather than to be proactively participating in building better Democracy and Life-Affordability*
    * synonymous with “Sustainworthiness”.


    • maude elwes
      19/07/2011 at 4:31 pm



      Scandal is a good way to bury bad news.

      And there is plenty of that, which from the point of view of those in power, is better kept dark. Then there is a recess in waiting. Perhaps by autumn it will all be settled and they will be able to breath easily.

      Or, not!.


      • MilesJSD
        20/07/2011 at 2:00 am

        It has a lot to do with “indoctrination”

        Baroness Neubacher’s post on ‘Nudging’ contains similar issues.

  2. Twm O'r Nant
    19/07/2011 at 6:32 pm

    Drat! I could have raised a glass of Guiness with Lord Blagger but never mind!

    Congratulations to Baroness D’Souza!

    Regarding Noble baroness Deech’s

    “End of the world is nigh”

    output from Malta,
    I sometimes think that if it is “Nigh” parliament will be the first to know about it
    and, having discussed it thoroughly, will then ensure that it arrives a little sooner.

    Recent bellicose activity by UK troops worldwide have certainly brought the end of it, to a good many people, both in uniform
    and of good Iraqi/Afghani/Libyan stock.

    On a slightly different tack, the noble baroness as former committee of the BBC, surely has an opinion about the integrity of state run news casting, compared with that of a mega-enterprise such as the Murdoch empire who are prpared to go to greater and more permissive lengths to get their news leads.

    Merely because the state also runs the NHS for example, is no reason to accept that there is no such thing as privacy in an NHS gp’s surgery, ans yet there is not.

    Mr Murdoch does not have quite the same access to public administration, as the BBC.

  3. Twm
    19/07/2011 at 7:33 pm

    You could say that Murdoch “hacks” and the BBC “hammers”, the end product being the same.

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