Whilst those in the Westminster bubble and a few anoraks outside it salivate on the minutiae of the evidence given to the Leveson enquiry I suspect the rest of us have already come to the common sense views that:
- Rupert Murdoch owns far too much of the British media
- both Labour and Conservative leaders have cravenly pandered to him in order to gain the support of his organs
- the Liberal Democrats haven't, but probably because Murdoch took the view that we hadn't much to offer in return anyway.
- no-one should be allowed to own more that a minority percentage of the UK's media -say 10% or 15%
- such owners should pay their fair whack of British taxes
- there is a strong case for saying that they should also be British citizens, or at least resident in Britain.
Important as the above matters are, they pale into insignificance when compared to the importance of turning the composition of our second parliamentary chamber from a rump of people who inherited their places from their ancestors, and others owing their places to the patronage of former prime-ministers and party leaders, into a genuinely democratic body.
For the Tories to use the "Hunt Affair" as an excuse for blocking long-overdue constitutional reform shows a pettiness more appropriate to the infant-school playground than to members of the the self-styled Mother of Parliaments