Well, good to see the Mail taking the response to a public consultation so well....DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Failure to block porn betrays our children
For once they can't claim that their 'campaign' made the difference, so instead they are all guns blazing on the 'shoot the messenger' tack.Online porn, the fight MUST go on: Furious charities hit out after ministers refuse to order an automatic block on internet filth
With their top expert on porn Melanie Philips coming up with an excellent brainfart....They say they are the most family friendly government ever. So why such cowardice on internet porn?
Not sure if they are worried about losing all the ex-pat readers in Thailand to better quality smut, but they are clearly not happy!
Rarely have statistics been so abused to make a point - Apparently 35% of parents who responded (parents made up 22% of the total), plus another 15% who nearly agreed but didn't = overwhelming number of parents.
Naturally non-parents have no say in whether every internet connection should be filtered by default.
The opening line of the editorial says it all really:
The evidence that young minds are being damaged by the insidious menace of internet porn is incontrovertible.
So incontrovertible that you can list a number of peer reviewed articles that prove it beyond question, yes? Including showing the damage to young minds in those pervy EU countries where sex is not quite such a taboo subject?
There may well be a discussion to be had around the whole issue of Internet access and control, but this isn't it, and the Daily Mail will NEVER be the place to have it...
Fortunately, most of the readers seem to recognise the hypocrisy and are giving the articles a good kicking in the comments.
I also note that I have yet to see a reasonable, detailed explanation of how the feat of blocking all Internet Porn (and only Porn) successfully on a country wide basis is to be achieved. With our previous fine record of public IT infrastructure projects (ahem), then I'm sure it's all ready to go...