InfoSec 2017: Veteran journalist Paxman says naught about cyber-security

News by Max Metzger

Veteran journalist Jeremy Paxman's speech focused entirely on the General Election and said nothing about cyber-security at InfoSecurity Europe 2017 .

Jeremy Paxman opened the second day of InfoSecurity Europe 2017, with a reminder: "There's a general election in this country tomorrow."

Saying very little, indeed nothing, about cyber-security, the veteran journalist launched into a very personal explanation about the state of democratic politics and the significance of the election.

"The central issue is trust," said Paxman, explaining that something has gone wrong with the way political parties present themselves to voters: the illusion of omniscience has been broken.

Paxman believes that the Conservative Party will have some kind of victory. Although whether Theresa May retains her position would be dependent on her increasing her present majority of 17. The polls agree, saying that the Conservatives will likely win tomorrow, though Paxman seemed to think you would still have to be a fool to trust them.

Jeremy Corbyn, however, has run a surprisingly good campaign, swallowing the Tory's previously massive lead. That may well be his weakness, too. The thorns in May's side were predicted to be those who wish to reverse the Brexit decision – the so-called Remainers – and those Conservatives who were too complacent to go to the polls, confident in the success of their candidate.

The success of Corbyn, the old-school leftist, may well rouse those 'faint hearted Tories' to a large turnout.

He also took a shot at former prime minister David Cameron, who resigned after last year's referendum resulted in the fateful decision to 'Brexit'.

For Cameron, Paxman reserved the title of "the worst Prime Minister since Anthony Eden", for thinking that holding a national referendum on EU membership would be the most expedient way of neutralising an issue which dogged his party for years, and though a Remainer, "hardly bother(ed) to make the case."

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