- Take a popular press whose circulations are falling, who are panicked about not being able to publish salacious stories about the sex lives of celebrities, and who glimpse a way to rid themselves of pesky legal constraints
- Add judges, roughly grated by the press and politicians, who can see little public interest in knowing whether footballer X slept with reality star Y and, as a result, create precedents by passing judgments on a series of such cases
- Mix in some wild technology whose roots aren’t in the UK but can grow prolifically anywhere
- Throw in some fresh picked MPs with concerns about free speech and keen to get in the good books of the popular press
Bring to a simmering boil and wait to overflow
Ready to serve with a garnish of phone hacking
Goes well with libel reform soup, contempt of court casserole, and self-regulatory souffle.
Do not add government or may become an Eton Mess.