Jack Straw discusses regulation of the press in The Times today.
Jack calls for the drafting of a law on “the right to be left alone”. This would avoid the fact that voluntary self regulation is inevitably self serving, only compulsory participation can succeed.
Jack proposes a new body to protect both a free press and an individual’s right to avoid defamation and unwarranted intrusions of privacy. The question is: will parliament be brave enough to enact it?
Jack Straw has been MP for Blackburn since 1979. He served as Home Secretary from 1997 to 2001, Foreign Secretary from 2001 to 2006.From 2007-2010 he was the Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain and the Secretary of State for Justice.