Reblogged for this alone: Like an entire nation of cack-handed explorers, we are encouraged to look at everything through a telescope – first through the wrong end, so that everything appears minute; then through the magnifying end, so that everything looks gargantuan. Look! The problem is tiny: one rogue reporter. Look! The problem is huge: the ethics of all the press. In truth the problem is life-size and right in front of us.

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Leveson is part of a pattern.

Like an entire nation of cack-handed explorers, we are encouraged to look at everything through a telescope – first through the wrong end, so that everything appears minute; then through the magnifying end, so that everything looks gargantuan. Look! The problem is tiny: one rogue reporter. Look! The problem is huge: the ethics of all the press. In truth the problem is life-size and right in front of us.

And this approach has become quite a favourite. The problem is one rogue fundraiser – the problem is all party funding. The problem is one very evil cleric – the problem is all European Human Rights legislation. The problem is one very naughty special adviser; one over-enthusiastic lobbyist; one closeted minister; one Christmas dinner; one park bin; one disobedient civil servant.

The net result? In order to save a Secretary of State (a job which…

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