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By Frank McKenna

By Frank McKenna

In the public interest

Is the reporting of the sexually deviant behaviour of a BBC employee really ‘in the public interest’?

Mortgage rates in the UK are at their highest level in fifteen years. They are likely to continue to rise over the coming months.

The latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed that economic growth in the country is flatlining, with one leading economist describing the economy as “listless”.

Junior doctors are striking for five days – the longest strike in NHS history.

Water companies in the country, despite paying out billions of pounds in recent years to shareholders, are on the verge of needing a government bailout to stop them from falling into financial catastrophe – they are also tipping more sewage in our seas than has been the case for decades.

A report released by NHS England this week showed that deaths from suicide, addiction, and domestic murder is up by a staggering 15% since the pandemic.

A powerful group of northern Tory MPs are being investigated by parliament into the way they have claimed ‘business’ expenses.

A government minister ordered the painting over of Mickey Mouse murals in asylum detention centres, fearing they gave refugee kids a more friendly welcome than he thought necessary. 

An MP who has not spoken in the House of Commons for a year, has publicly stated that she has neither the time or inclination to continue as an MP, has her own TV show, a newspaper column, and has released a new book about her friend and former prime minister Boris Johnson, continues to draw her parliamentary salary and is clearly being subsidised by the taxpayer whilst she paves a new career path in the media.

Oh, and the Ukraine war rages, with a NATO summit held this week no doubt upping the ante of the conflict with Russia even further, bringing an escalation of war even closer.

Given all of this, it must have been difficult for our wonderful mainstream media to select which of these topical stories would top their agendas, and which of them were ‘in the public interest’.

Naturally, they all decided to dedicate five-days of front-page headlines to a sorry tale of a BBC presenter swapping ‘dick pics’ and other lewd images with seventeen year old lads during lockdown.  

I have never read the publication that claims to be a newspaper, The Sun. I never read it before Hillsborough, and I certainly never have since.

So, the spectre of editors across our media, on print, radio, and television platforms, following the lead of this ‘not in the public interest’ garbage carried by a rag, has taken our MSM into the sewer of the gutter that they have been heading towards for many years now.

No wonder people are buying fewer papers, switching their radios off, and skipping television news programmes.    

A new Levison-style enquiry is well overdue – and next time, its recommendations must be implemented fully. Otherwise, the news industry truly is finished. And that would not be in the public interest.

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