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Never has anyone complained about aggressive questioning of the other side. Nothing could be more sinister than this attempt to undermine journalistic scrutiny and accountability. It is quite simply how democracies work. This bullshit will be drip-fed to us to soften us.
Notice how it’s all the journalist’s fault for asking the question? Not the politician’s for failing to answer clearly, and honestly. Same applies to Opposition: how dare the Opposition question the government at a time like this? It’s political point-scoring.
The entire logic of our free and democratic system relies on a loyal opposition having not just the right, but the responsibility to oppose, for by doing so, they provide the whetstone for effective government, which is otherwise dulled by inefficiency or corruption.
Whenever you hear this argument against journalists or opposition, recognise it for what it is: the desire for power untrammelled by accountability. The most dangerous kind of power held by anyone. And for so-called Conservatives following Burke to call for it means one of two
...things: either they are too stupid to understand, or more worryingly, they are mendacious hypocrites who know exactly what they are doing and absolutely must be stopped.
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