Tuesday, June 12, 2007

On the benefits of being 'Feral'

So the departing Leader wants to regulate comment and news coverage on the internet. We hacks are a feral bunch who rip reputations limb from limb, and are generally bestial to politicians who just want the best for us after all.

In the 1650's Charles II tried to shut coffee houses on the basis that they were "places where the disaffected met, and spread scandalous reports concerning the conduct of His Majesty and his Ministers".

There's always a problem for the great and good with people getting together and publishing unauthorised things. They used to cut the ears off pamphleteers in the dim and distant. I'd worry if we were popular in authority, since that would be a reverse of the way things have been for centuries. I'm proud to be thought of as 'feral'. The reverse of feral is to be house trained.

No comments: