WHILE Roger Butterworth (Express July 29) claims he does not ‘intend to argue the case for the police’ he does a fairly good job of glossing over and justifying police actions while at the same time attempting a hatchet job on the press.
His comment that ‘Fleet Street’s’ purpose was ‘to sell more newspapers for profit’ must win ‘Most Blindingly Obvious Remark of the Year’. Of course they wanted to sell more papers that’s their job!
As to the, at the very least, dubious means of obtaining their information, are people so gullible as to think they wouldn’t use any method they thought they could get away with (and incidentally they have got away with it for a considerable number of years)? After all it’s not called the gutter press for nothing.
Also let us not forget that ‘Fleet Street’ has been aided and abetted by the police, quite a number of whom seem more than ready to sell their story along with their integrity for a couple of pints and a sandwich. This only because, as we all know, if money had changed hands it would be illegal!
On a wider national scene assistance came via our elected leaders and politicos great and small who don’t seem to want to upset a certain geriatric media mogul who seemed to attract party political leaders like bees to a honey pot.
Three very important questions are posed by recent events which should never be allowed to fall out of the public eye:
1. The police must have the highest standards of all as they uphold the law and when they fall short of those standards they must be brought to book swiftly and publicly. Past methods and practices should not be swept under the carpet and forgotten but should be remembered as examples of what not to do.
2. How much power and influence should any media concern be permitted to accumulate, thus allowing them to operate by their own rules, no matter how loathsome, without checks and balances being put in place?
3. Should our leading politicians be so closely associated with and, one has to ask, influenced by any one media mogul? Should our so called elected leaders be queuing up to kiss the hand of Rupert Murdoch and running away wagging their tails after receiving a pat on the head?
Mr Butterworth asks was nothing else worthy of publication in Wakefield that week? Well, I think the piece was well worth publishing if for no other reason than it has brought some light into areas lots would like to remain dark.