The Electoral Commission which was not consulted by the government before it developed its controversial Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill, which is in Committee stage in the House of Lords. The EC sent a briefing to peers yesterday (4 November 2013), backing a pause. It reads as follows:
Our animal natures are in a constant state of tension between the personal and the communal. We have instincts which drive us to gratify ourselves, to dominate for food, status and mates. And then we have the pull towards the good of the tribe, pack or troop and the protection and support it offers.
The disagreement about Leveson purports to be a debate about 'press freedom'. In those terms, it is monstrously distorted. Powerful interests are disingenuously trying to portray as lingering 'state control' a reasonable attempt to give an arms-length independent regulatory framework legal underpinning as a matter of last resort.