There is also a moral point: if someone works, they should be the main beneficiary of their labour, rather than being forced to give most of their extra earnings to the Government.
It’s past time that mainstream Tory politicians recognised these realities and engaged with it as an opportunity rather than as the broadcasting equivalent of a leper colony.
“We’re not in the business of damaging people’s privacy”, Michelle Donelan tells the BBC.
“If it were this country, and it was in proportion, we’d be talking about ten thousand people killed… and how would we react?”
The lesson they will draw is: don’t risk letting the Many upset the apple cart that the Few have so artfully constructed.
The Corporation’s guidelines to not require neutrality in the face of attacks on civilian targets. We know that because it regularly uses the word ‘terrorist’ in every context save this one.
During the half century since the Yom Kippur war took place, conflict abroad has increasingly meant consequences here.
Where the consumer is king, those who can best package the darker corners of ourselves can do very well indeed.
He points out that sometimes independent units within media organisations break stories, but management don’t follow them up.
Our deputy editor tells Newsnight that the controversy about housing illegal entrants in hotels will continue until the Government bites the bullet and builds a proper asylum estate.
I will be looking to introduce a Private Member’s Bill to guarantee our rights to bank accounts. If I cannot get the time for that, I will be looking to amend the first relevant Bill that goes through the Commons.
Whatever further details emerge, and regardless of how the story plays out, this episode has illustrated something quite disheartening about our political and media ecosystems.
Henry Hill clashes with Craig Mackinlay MP on whether the former prime minister remains an asset to the party.
Our editor speaks to the Today programme about how the Conservative Party should handle the former prime minister.