Every so often the balance of power within a polity changes.
In the United Kingdom the ultimate power supposedly lies with the Crown-in-Parliament.
But in history, the strongest power has shifted: at times it has been the established church, or the landed gentry, or the trade unions.
More recently it has been the popular media.
What appears to be happening now is that those entities which were cowered by or checked by the mainstream media are reasserting themselves.
Parliament and a judicial inquiry are both showing the advantage of absolute privilege: the ability to allow things to be said which otherwise may not be said because of fear of what the media will do.
The police are now enforcing the law rather than being inhibited by or being over-familiar with the tabloid press.
In addition, social media means that no longer can established titles and well-positioned editors and journalists dominate the channels of communication.
Electronic flows of information, coupled with the above assertions of power beyond the mainstream media's control, are creating a new polity. There are new power relationships. Old media may never be able to return to their old tricks; and they may never have that untouchable quality again.
The idea of a mere media professional - an editor or reporter - being a wielder of genuine political power may soon seem as quaint as Thomas Becket or Red Robbo being the most powerful commoner in the land.
Some new elite will dominate, and they no doubt will in turn abuse their power and will eventually be checked. Such is the true nature of political change.
And then some will be nostalgic for the days when the tabloids held political sway in the land, and they will pine for a golden age that never was.
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