Trick or treat?

Greetings one and all on this All Hallows’ Eve.

As children the length and breadth of the UK prepare to dress-up as ghosts and ghouls to trick or treat their neighbours and friends, it seems the Privy Council have already got into the trick or treat spirit one day early.

Yesterday, the Privy Council granted the Final Royal Charter on self-regulation of the press: A hotly-debated solution to the monsterous problems unearthed by the Leveson Inquiry earlier in the year.

“Trick!” shout those corners of the press who see self-regulation as a curtailment of the notion of “freedom of the press” and, no doubt, curtailment of their ability to dust off and parade those pesky skeletons in the closet.

“Treat!” retorts the Privy Council, “for this is a present”.

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 Yes, there’s nothing quite like a cheery greeting and a gift to hide potentially bad news, in this case a Recognition Panel whose responsibility it is to set up the new regulator and with the ability to issue fines of up to £1million to those press members who volunteer to sign-up to the new system of regulation. Only time will tell if this vehicle of justice turns into a halloween pumpkin before the clock strikes 12.

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