The Fourth Estate needs a Makeover – What would Borgen do?

Who said: “In the old days men had the rack. Now they have the Press.journalism1 That is an improvement certainly. But still it is very bad, and wrong, and demoralizing. Somebody — was it Burke? — called journalism the fourth estate. That was true at the time no doubt. But at the present moment it is the only estate. It has eaten up the other three. The Lords Temporal say nothing, the Lords Spiritual have nothing to say, and the House of Commons has nothing to say and says it. We are dominated by Journalism”? Continue reading

Votes for Prisoners? Call-me-Dave says NON! – What Would Borgen Do?

David Cameron reputedly vowed that prisoners “will be allowed to vote over my dead body”.  Don’t give us any ideas Dave… We know that the current blanket ban has been judged unlawful by The European Court of Human Rights, and we presumably don’t want to break the law. I mean, that could land us all in the collective slammer, without the right to vote. Not a clever idea, given that the current UK voter turnout is already among the lowest in Western Europe.

The question is far from straightforward anyway. You can break the law and not go to prison for example. You still pay taxes when you’re in prison and, as we all know, “No Taxation Without Representation” can bring about revolutions. Continue reading