I have to confess I never read the Daily Telegraph - but if I did, I would stop immediately. At the best I'd suggest what they did in entrapment of Lib Dem ministers was tacky, at worst it was treasonous.
Let me draw a parallel. Imagine that you were on a ship that was going through very dangerous waters. The captain and the first officer are married, but there marriage is very fragile. Hands up all those who think it would be a sensible thing for a passenger to send attractive members of the opposite sex to record the first officer voicing his doubts about his partner, then broadcasting said doubts on the ship's tannoy? Hands up those who think it was sheer idiocy, and the person doing it should be thrown over the side?
What did the Telegraph editor think he was doing by using sleazy tactics to get comments out of Vince Cable and others that had the potential to damage this country? In what sense is this in the public interest? All too often the news media seem to have a suicidal urge to bring the country down, but never more so than with these silly stunts.
There has been far too much fuss in the media about what Vince and friends said, and far too little about what the Telegraph goons did. Whose side are these mediaistas on again? Obviously not this country's. So if you do buy the Telegraph please stop it. Now. Don't do it again. Ever. If I were Jeremy Clarkson I would suggest keelhauling the 'journalists', but it's better to hit them where it hurts.
You might think this is all very well, but Cable et al. shouldn't have said what they said. Of course they shouldn't. But I am fed up of the media trying to ruin the country. I'm not upset out of any sense of jingoism or patriotism. I just want to be able to get on with life without things being messed up, and having a stable government and country kind of helps. Is it too much to ask?