ANTI LEVESON REPORT LIES AND UTTER HISTORICAL BULLSHIT.
The Sun, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph and THE TIMES too are chocka with utter crap that the BRITISH PRESS since the 1690's has always been free and unrestricted - especially by the STATE. One proseletising outfit - with full page spreads has been proclaiming the same - they're all crapping-on about the possibility that LEVESON due to report on Thursday will for the first time place restrictions on press freedom ... mamma mia .. oh my ... oh my. All this media bullshit might have more merit if it were HISTORICALLY TRUE - which it ABSOLUTELY IS NOT.
There were all kinds of historical measures resorted to on purpose to stop a UK free media. Clock below the cover spread of PATRICIA HOLLIS's 300 plus page 1970 (OUP) fine unforgettable study "THE PAUPER PRESS - A Study in Working Class Radicalism of the 1830's". Immediately below the two images is the brief introductory blurb from the inner wrap of the Hollis book's cover:
"From 1830, illegal, unstamped and abusively class-conscious
like the Bonnet Rouge, the Destructive, and the Poor Man's
appeared on the London
streets. They dismayed respectable reformers
and outraged the guardians of the peace, but by 1836 their sales
surpassed those of the stamped press. This study
unstamped press and the turbulent underground radicalism of the
years from which it emerged. It analyses its style and its heroes,
and its finances, and its elaborate economic and political theory:
shows how this Pauper Press helped to form the language and
the leaders of Chartism".
Clock too the above repro from COLLET DOBSON COLLET's
"HISTORY OF THE TAXES ON KNOWLEDGE - Their Origin and Repeal".
The unstamped press
came into being because the 1830's Regency pre Victorian State
-- enforced a high stamp duty tax on every single individual newspaper on
which made them (including THE TIMES
) too expensive for the UK poor
either to purchase or themselves produce. The Regency era ruling class were
absolutely set against the democratic working class political aspirations of
those times being publicised and promoted by using media of any kind - and the
high stamp duty was enforced to absolutely stop those aspirations. That was an
absolute limitation on the freedom of the press.
Aspirant working class
activists no matter produced very many cheap editions of their own which
charged no stamp duty
and so were illegal
altho thus affordable. These working class producers and their
vendors were systematically rounded-up and over a thousand were imprisoned for their
democratic principled activism.
And here we are now
in pre Leveson 2012 being
offered acres of utter media garbage BY JOURNALISTS
that the UK
press has never been shackled or restricted.
Never mind the utter bollocks lets have some truth!!