“You can’t have one law for members of a club and another for non-members,” a senior executive of a newspaper group is quoted as saying, in connection with the proposed new press regulatory regime, whereby publications that decline to be regulated will be subject, in some instances, to harsher conditions than those who join. (I simplify, of course.)
Funny, I thought the whole point of joining a club was to gain some benefit. What else is a Tesco Clubcard for? (From the holder’s point of view, of course – I’m sure Tesco’s get something out of it too.) And I wouldn’t expect to be able to just swan into Boodles and help myself to the port without having joined. But then journalists do tend, like Humpty Dumpty, to use words to suit their own purposes, don’t they?
It rather reminds me of an elderly relative of mine who regularly complains about being referred to some website, because “I’m not on the bloody internet!” The suggestion that this could easily be remedied simply by joining up is met with no more than a shake of the head.