Saturday, February 05, 2005

Watchdogs turned lapdogs

The reports in all the papers today that

HIGHLY sensitive Treasury papers on the events leading to Black Wednesday in
1992 are being kept secret at the request of John Major and Lord Lamont [...]

The timing of the reports at the start of the election campaign has been widely noted. It is a very strange coincidence that all of the papers seem to have got hold of the story at exactly the same time. This sort of coordinated leaking, presumably at the instigation of ministers says a great deal about their integrity or more accurately their lack of it. It also raises questions about whether the mainstream media in the UK are now puppets of the government rather than independent watchdogs of it.