So what can be done?
I don't know, George—why don't you tell us...? Oh, wait, you're going to aren't you? This had better be good...
Because of the peculiar threat they present to democracy...
Um... I think that there are rather bigger threats to democracy, George. The European Union springs to mind, as does our own derisory system of "representative democracy".
But, OK, I'll humour you. What's your solution...?
... there’s a case to be made for breaking up all majority interests in media companies, and for a board of governors, appointed perhaps by Commons committee, to act as a counterweight to the shareholders’ business interests.
You fucking what? This is a joke, right?
You think that the press should be—indeed, most definitely is (so much so that the shareholders' property should be appropriated)—a brake on the excesses of our lords and masters, and the people that you think should control the press are the fucking politicians?
Are you completely fucking INSANE...?
I would like to state this plainly, George: you seriously think that the people who should control what is published about our politicians should be our politicians?
I thought that you were on your way to some kind of Damascene conversion: it seems, instead, that all your recent articles were actually a slow-burning descent into raving lunacy.