Can any normal person remember what the row about the Leveson report is about? David Cameron is in favour of regulation of the press (but not the internet?) by a regulator created by Royal Charter. Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg are in favour of the same thing by a regulator approved by an auditor created [...]
David Cameron has owned up that the story about him being seen deep in conversation with Rebekah Brooks at a Christmas Party is true, though he thinks that it is of no importance.
This year has been an interesting one to say the least and we have witnessed a lot. The year the Mayans prophesied we would see the end of the world has certainly been eventful.
There is just one tiny problem with we brave freebooters of the Ethical Vacuum, the “Nice” people on Guido’s little list, the defenders of the freedom of the press.
Which is that when we (I) point out that having Ofcom or another government-appointed body “verify” a system of “independent” self-regulation it is no longer independent, we [...]
As a denizen of the Ethical Vacuum,* I hasten to correct an error I made in my column in The Independent on Sunday yesterday. I said that, under Lord Justice Leveson’s proposals,
Ed Richards, who once worked for Gordon Brown, and who was appointed head of Ofcom by the Government, would decide who regulates the press.
Here is Harriet Harman, former legal officer of the National Council of Civil Liberties, disagreeing with my friend Shami Chakrabarti, director of same (renamed), from yesterday
Shami Chakrabarti has been so wrong about so much for so long, and is so given to easy posturing, that it is scarcely credible that she is opposed to state regulation of the press.
Lord Justice Leveson tried to reconcile the irreconcilable. He says in the executive summary of his report:
This is not, and cannot be characterised as, statutory regulation of the press
Oh, yes it can. He proposes a self-regulatory body “with a statutory verification
process”. That is, a process laid down in law and administered by a body given that [...]
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David Cameron must once again be cursing his weakness in giving in to Nick Clegg and setting up the Leveson inquiry into whatever it is into which Lord Justice Leveson is inquiring.
Rupert Murdoch’s decision, assuming that this is what it is, to publish the naked Prince Harry photographs in The Sun today is a calculated [...]
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