The folly as well as the malice of western politicians and judges lies in their parochialism. They behave as if the rest of the world is not watching; as if dictators and the leaders of oppressive movement are idiots from a Sacha Baron Cohen satire rather than the skilled manipulators of domestic and international opinion.
Whatever their formal politics – communist or nationalist, secular or theocratic – autocratic regimes share an interest in declaring that human rights are a sham and democracy is a fraud. No one can deny that western governments give them an abundance of material to work with.
Move away from the arguments around Lord Justice Leveson for the moment and allow me to make the point by..