North Thanet`s MP, Roger Gale has at about seven o'clock this morning email out to say that he has
spoken out against proposals to permit the televising a part of some court hearings.
Now forgive my cynicism but does sending out a press release even count as speaking out these days. If an MP opposes an idea and no one knows about it has he, in fact, opposed anything at all?
The knotty problems of philosophy aside for a moment my main objection to this latest utterance is how widely Gale (right) manages to entirely miss the point.
When the proposition to televise the House of Commons was introduced I said that it would lead to “grandstanding” and to the cherry-picking of newsworthy items at the expense of the real work of the House.
Well, duh! The media is not run for the benefit of the House. The media runs for profit alone - that means entertainment largely.
How can this
former television producer and director fail to understand that while the gatekeepers of information flow are all doing so only for profit then "the real work of the House" is hardly going to get full coverage now is it.
Rather than calling the access of TV camera's to the commons a mistake because business people put their business first our dear old dinosaurs need to pull their finger out and be the change they want to see.
Rather than telling us that the media's access to the work of the House has led to us all being
mis-informed (sic) - a claim I hotly dispute - perhaps Mr Gale would care to set the record firmly crooked on whatever matters he feels we the plebeian public have misunderstood.
One thing is for certain though - if Gale wants to see full coverage of the workings of the House then he needs to campaign for the House to obtain sufficient channels to transmit the hum-drum and the every day. You never know someone might even watch it.