The Labour party’s acceptance of a ?100,000 donation from Richard Desmond, proprietor of Express Newspapers and a range of pornographic magazines, has been presented as morally repugnant. Three cabinet ministers-Harriet Harman, the solicitor general, Tessa Jowell, the culture secretary and Clare Short, the international development secretary -have objected. They all claim to speak for women, whom they say will be affronted by the party being in debt to a pornographer.
The gift’s acceptance was wrong, not because Desmond is a pornographer but because he owns newspapers. Newspapers are in the same arena as politics: increasingly, the media defines politics. If…
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