It seems that faced with an incredibly difficult balancing act, Lord Leveson has done quite a decent job.

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But that in part is down to the fact that, despite his report being 2,000 pages long, some of the thorniest parts of this issue have been left to politicians and the press to deal with themselves.

The drafting of the legislation that underpins the system of regulation, will be bitterly debated between the main parties, with each bidding to make whatever comes out seem like a victory for themselves.

With Leveson having said there is “no compelling evidence” to cap media ownership, Ed Miliband will have to find his victory elsewhere.

On the regulatory system itself, there is no doubt that it will be a much tighter system of control for the press, but it could have been much worse.

Crucially whatever body there is does not have the power to stop journalists printing something; that leaves the critical judgement on whether a story is justifiable to the press itself.

If they print and get it wrong they will face stronger and faster sanctions, but the judgement is still their’s.

More to come as the day goes on.


  • Labour love to regulate things, and once you set up something to 'police' the press (for public safety) the list of what papers can't print will grow year on year. The demise of the News of The world proves that papers are not immune from public anger.

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    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • The 64,000 dollar question is, will dissenting Labour MPs, who do not want politicians controlling the press in any shape or form, be prepared to be frog marched by Ed Miliband through the lobbies for a second time to vote with the Lib Dems and some dissenting tories? When the fine print has been properly read, the ramifications of what Leveson is proposing have been duly digested and public opinion has been sought there may be a bit of a different take on the situation by Labour. Which will be a bit late for Miliband to wriggle out of it as he has nailed his colours firmly to the mast. Petulance of youth and inexperience. Wiser counsel would have advised him to hold back. But then he was being advised by Alistair Campbell whose tweets mirrored Miliband`s speech. Strange that.

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    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • By Cameron's own test of satisfying the victims of hacking such as the Dowlers, he has failed,more importantly he has failed them because he lacks the necessary courage,which Ed Miliband has in abundance,to take on his rich and powerful supporters in the Press.Cameron remains in thrall to the likes of the Murdoch press.Murdoch remains his puppetmaster.As for David Blunkett he, too, is on Murdoch's payroll to the tune of £49,500 per annum.This is a brave and principled stand by the Labour party and the victims of despicable press intrusion feel betrayed.

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, November 30, 2012

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