These days, it seems that pretty much anyone can become "a journalist". If you're related to someone famous - like Peaches Geldof, daughter of Sir Bob - then you can start blogging and tweeting on all the latest stories of the day. You will very quickly have gotten yourself quite a large audience.
Recently, a sensationalistic news story about a Saudi Prince threatening to sue Forbes for an allegedly defamatory article within its annual Billionaires' List got tongues wagging. It's just the sort of international tale of caricature-esque hubris that newspapers and magazines swoon over. And, from a legal standpoint, the monarch's decision to sue in the UK -- monolithically referred to as 'the libel capital of the world' -- was contentious as well, especially in light of the new Defamation Act.
A frequent misconception is that there is safety in numbers known as 'the crowd mentality'. People seem to think it is ok to re-tweet defamatory material because it is already in the public arena. This is wrong.
In November 2012, BBC's "Newsnight" broadcast a report making serious allegations against 'a leading Conservative politician from the Thatcher years'. A frenzy of speculation followed on social media sites, with Mrs Bercow tweeting to her 56,400 followers: Why is Lord McAlpine trending? *Innocent face*. Lord McAlpine commenced libel action claiming damages over the Tweet.
I think it's fair to say that historically, there has always been something of a sense that Twitter is the kind of forum in which you can basically sa...
It may be an unfashionable take given trust in our parliament fell to new depths in 2012, with less than a quarter of people tending to trust the UK parliament to make important decisions, but politics does a lot of very important things- and therefore so do MPs.
Attempting to write a contemporary blog on Westminster politics during the summer recess is a difficult task.
I have been discussing the idea of a Women's Party - a political party targeting women to re-shape the societal landscape. What has interested me the most is that there has been a re-sounding 'no' to this as because the notion is not equal.
Channel 4 did the right thing in not renewing their contract with the Big Brother franchise. It was tired and they were trying too hard although I believe they got the mix of housemates and tasks spot on for the final series.
Raise a cheer for the return of Celebrity Big Brother. The nation needs an inconsequential, low rent guilty secret to divert it in a summer, which so far has been denied a traditional silly season.
For John Bercow, it will be an uncomfortable and embarrassing time. He'll be grateful that Parliament is in recess as that will provide some respite
Of late Sally Bercow has been attempting a backwards Lembit Opik: whilst the path from politician to media personality is a well-trodden one, it seems harder to perform the reverse.