Tom Stoppard, playwright and scriptwriter, joins the debate about state surveillance of the internet in a typically excellent column for the Guardian. What, he asks, can justify surveillance on the scale revealed by Edward Snowden's leaks? Is safety really a sufficient justification for such intensive intrusion?
'While I'm no Elle Macpherson, I'm tall, slim, blonde and, so often I'm told, a good looking woman. I know how lucky I am. But there are downsides to being pretty - the main one being that other women hate me for no other reason than my lovely looks.'
The above will be very familiar not just to us journalism students. Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 48 hours you will recognise that as an excerpt from the now infamous Daily Mail article written by Samantha Brick.