The miserable weather probably matches the dreary mood at Westminster today. The government has faced a double whammy in one day: we’re in the first double-dip recession in forty years AND a cabinet minister has been linked with Murdoch’s expanding media empire. So, double whammy Wednesday goes under the spotlight.
We’re all struggling financially. Whether its feeling the pinch at the petrol pumps, clinging on to our job – if we’re fortunate enough not to be made redundant – and clawing back on luxuries as inflation soars the costs of everyday living.
This is all despite David Cameron and his wealthy cabinet ministers insisting that investing less in us and taxing us more will resolve Britain’s dire finances. They claim “we’re all in this together”…I fail to believe that the bunch of frontbench millionaires are feeling the strain of living as the average Brit, let alone them understanding our needs.
It was no surprise to wake-up to the news that we are now officially in a double-dip recession – the first in four decades. George Osborne insisted his sums will add up an he’ll pull the drowning economy ashore. Once again, the Treasury fails us.
And as if this wasn’t enough to get news journalists drooling with excitement, a prominent minister’s integrity was questioned.
Evidence at the Leveson Inquiry looking into press ethics, found that the Culture Secretary’s adviser, Adam Smith not only supported Rupert Murdoch’s majority stake in BSkyB but provided Murdoch with illegal information on Ofcom, the independent regulator.
Jeremy Hunt MP insists his adviser “unintentionally” communicated such sensitive evidence, although Smith’s emails proved otherwise. Smith has resigned but Hunt’s resisting doing so as he awaits further action by Lord Leveson.
This is damming evidence between a ministerial personal adviser and a news corporation that is already under scrutiny for unethical and illegal practice. It calls into question how ministers and the media operate. It undermines the neutrality and truth that are the foundations of news journalism.
How many more sordid links will we see between ministers and the media? Or even the police and the media? Both ministers and the police are public servants, thus they’re there to serve us. In a modern democracy that tangles in the politics of other nations to fly the flag of justice, when will justice be done in our own country?