Yesterday's Dispatches on Channel 4 was about "the illegal phone hacking carried out at the New of World during the six years Andy Coulson was either Deputy Editor and Editor," of current interest because "by hiring Andy Coulson David Cameron has sanctioned the News of the World culture of impunity." Rupert Murdoch certainly seems to have a worrying amount of influence over our police and politics, centre-left as well as centre-right. The origin of these revelations, in a successful prosecution for hacking a conversation between our two young princes, is of course less interesting. But the consequent importance of the fact that Murdoch could neither buy off nor intimidate the Palace does make me wonder whether the left, and other democrats, should question their traditional Republicanism, in these transitional days.
I am old; in 2003, at the age of 40, I was published in the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, but since then I've done little. Blogging since 2007, my main involvement was via the Philosophers' Carnival, which moved to Facebook.