"It would be a real disaster if he were to parlay any of his waning authority into some new restrictions on the press, and it is the height of stupidity, on Blair's part, to think that it might be an idea to start regulating the blogosphere. It is the growing media literacy of the public - the understanding of soundbites and vox pops and two-ways and blogs - that allows everyone to participate in activities once reserved for the journalistico-political complex.
That is a wonderful thing, and I would much rather have cyberspace regulated by public scorn than by Tony Blair, who should depart as soon as possible to complete his farewell tour in an open-top submarine."
Has Boris Johnson ever written a better piece? There is a new totalitarianism at large today: backed by those who seek to censor, control and silence those opinions they don't like. Against these are the true liberals who believe that the more open and democratic the debate is the better. A pretty good way to see who is on which side is to see which journalists/bloggers allow people to post comments on their own websites.
Nick Cohen has far more in common with Fidel Castro than he realises.