As Jon Slattery reports, the Sun today leads (leads!) with a blistering condemnation of an Appeals Court ruling that prevents the paper naming a prominent sportsman they would like to accuse of sexual infidelity.
The article is astonishing in its fury and tone, denouncing Britain as "a judicial banana republic" and claiming that "it is vital for democracy we know the names of those who go to court to have newspapers silenced".
Unmitigated twaddle. This is not a corrupt politician or CEO who has pushed through an unpopular public agenda by masquerading as a family values campaigner. It's some guy who kicks a ball, or possibly hits one with a stick, for the lightest of light entertainment. The matter is of potentially legitimate interest to his allegedly various partners, and perhaps whichever companies happen to sponsor him. The Sun's fury is the fury of an infant denied its favourite noisy toy at bedtime, and dressing the matter up as a crusade for democracy and freedom of the press shouldn't fool even that paper's readership.
(Photo nicked from Jon's blog)