The public bucks the media

What’s puzzling about the current story about the government’s bid to legalise the holding of terror suspects for up to 42 days is the public’s response.

Despite consistent opposition from the newspapers, the howling down of ministers on BBC1’s Question Time, the overexposure of media darling Shami Chakrabarti (director of Liberty, the human rights group), and the government’s record low rating in the polls, the public is backing the 42-day rule.

When was the last time that the public broke its habit of following the media line?

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