The NUJ is already a political organisation far more than it is an actual body representative of industry. This latest madness, coupled with the news that they aren't going to bother seeking the views of their own members before supporting a stance attacking everything that (most of them) hold dear, could very well be the death of them. Stanistreet's already announced that the union is wavering on the brink, financially, as it is.
Would it be such a bad thing if the outdated political dinosaur that is the NUJ goes under? Who knows, but I bet you the membership department at the CIOJ will be working overtime over the next few months.
Sadly, in this celebrity-cult driven age, I can see Hacked Off succeeding in their desire to muzzle the free press and make it totally subject to their members' whims. Too many famous faces have too many things to hide, as the BBC Savile scandal's showing us.