The cosy relationship between the politicians and journalists is shown by the report of Blunkett's alleged "joke":
"You have got to remember that there are seven letters in the word 'privacy', and only the first three of them spell 'pry'."
If this was said by David Blunkett, MP for Sheffield Brightside, currently embroiled in a "News of the World" tabloid scandal regarding his private life, then this attempt at humour with the press pack might be acceptable.
However, this was the Home Secretary, revealing yet another of his dubious plans which has serious implications for privacy, and whose Office of State entrusts him with huge powers of intrusion and surveillance.
Why should we tolerate him being so flippant with our privacy ?
In a more honourable age, a Home Secretary caught expressing such contempt for the fundamental human right of privacy which he is meant to safeguard would be forced to resign.