Press Council opposes Labour’s plans

Labour is running into opposition from all the wrong people. It is generally not a good idea to annoy people who buy ink by the barrel:

Press Council chairman Barry Paterson said Labour’s proposal sounded similar to that which the Government had backed away from earlier this year. He believed combining the functions of the council and the BSA would prove difficult unless Labour was thinking of statutory regulation of the Press Council.

That would “probably not” be welcomed by the industry,” Mr Paterson said.

“I suspect they wouldn’t be prepared to fund it on that basis and we would be probably the only country in the world that would have statutory regulation of the press.”

Turns out too that it wasn’t even Labour’s bad idea, it was National’s bad idea first. Why is it that Labour always resorts to stealing? Taxes…ideas…policy.


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