Hugh Grant wouldn’t regulate ‘Hey’…would he?

July 14, 2011

From John Roskam | Thursday, 14 July 2011

In the wake of the News of the World scandal Hugh Grant had this amazing rant on the BBC’s Question Time program last Thursday about how ‘tabloids’ should be regulated by the government but ‘the broadsheet press’ should not be.

He’s got a thing against the tabloids (no wonder). Here he is complaining about them in The New Statesman in April – yes – The New Statesman.

There’s a reason the left want regulation of the tabloids – as Tim Montgomerie explained in ConservativeHome and Brendan O’Neill did in Monday’s The Australian.

And here’s a gem from what Hugh Grant calls ‘the proper press’. It’s from Monday’s Guardian. The Euro is actually a right-wing plot!

And if you’re not sick of the UK yet – read this very funny review in The Spectator of a new biography of Labour leader Ed Miliband.

Where to begin on the carbon tax? Well, Australia is going to get five new bureaucracies. No surprise politicians are already fighting to get those bureaucrats to their electorate!

On Tuesday IPA members and supporters (join today!) were sent these quick takes by the IPA’s Tim Wilson and Alan Moran, and this video of Tim debating GetUp! on Sky News on Sunday morning. Here’s Julie Novak in The Australian, Alan Moran in The Drum and Online Opinion, Tim Wilson in The Australian and Professor Sinclair Davidson on The Drum. We sent this press release out on Sunday.

Only in Sweden…a heavy metal fan is now receiving government sick benefits for “heavy metal addiction” – and the government is forcing his employer to allow him to play loud music at work.

The highlights of the IPA’s Freedom of Speech in Australia event with Andrew Bolt are now online here. (IPA members will be getting a DVD with the full evening shortly.)

Next week I’m in Mount Isa on Tuesday July 19 and Cloncurry on Wednesday July 20 for the IPA’s Carbon Tax Information sessions – details here. And book to see President Vaclav Klaus in Perth on Friday July 22, Sydney on Monday July 25, Canberra on Tuesday July 26, Melbourne on Thursday July 28 and Brisbane on Monday August 1.

Connor Court Publishing’s new book The Greens: Policies, Reality and Consequences, with contributions by the IPA’s Sinclair Davidson, Alan Moran, and Ken Phillips is launched in Melbourne on Thursday July 21 – bookings here.

And the Centre for Independent Studies is bringing Paul Wolfowitz to Sydney Tuesday August 2, go here for bookings. The CIS is also hosting prominent Zimbabwean politician, human rights lawyer and pro-democracy activist David Coltart for the annual Acton Lecture in Sydney on July 26 – bookings here.

Here’s more of what the IPA said this week:

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