From my article in The Sunday Times today:
“Journalism cannot alone bring about political change. The facts are not enough to silence lies. Truth is not a devastating weapon that wipes out iniquity and plants the seeds of justice in its place. Whistle-blowers do not scare bosses. Consequence is not outside the control of the corrupt.
“In other words history will not jump out of the front page of a newspaper and run through the corridors of power with a scythe.
“A political criminal that suspends the morality that plagues the rest of us in order to commit wrongdoing for their own benefit, will not be conditioned by the symptoms of that plague: no shame will force them into hiding, no fear will get them to run, no guilt will bring about admission.”