I have four thoughts which I will share with you, if that's okay.
I think the PCC as its constituted is clearly not fit for purpose. That's been decreed by the Prime Minister. So for whatever it is that replaces it -- bearing in mind the good work that I think it does on the complaints and mediation point, I think whatever it is that replaces it must have an investigative arm. I think one of the difficulties of the PCC is that it stands condemned for things it was never able to do. I think it was the Lord Chief Justice who said in his speech in October to criticise the PCC for powers it doesn't have is like criticising a judge for passing a lenient sentence when he doesn't have those powers. I think the PCC has never had investigative powers, and I'd very much like it to have those, to be able to -- when there's been a systemic breakdown in standards, to go into newsrooms, interview staff, seek emails, demand an audit trail to see how decisions have been taken.
I'm, as I say, greatly attracted by the idea of an arbitral service which could be provided by the new body. I think if that arbitral service was low cost, it might be a great way of embracing the Internet news providers, who at the moment remain outwith the system, and if they realise that their access to that cheap and quick arbitral system would be contingent upon joining the new body, that would be wholly desirable.
Lastly I would say that I think we need to do much more to increase the nature of pariah status for those organisations that are not members of the body, and if it was not enforceable by some kind of civil law, then I think the industry could and should do a great deal more to ensure that rogue publishers are given no access to the benefits enjoyed by everybody else.
I'll give you some examples. Why should a rogue publisher be allowed to have its reporters attend lobby briefings? Why should they get access to briefings carried out by any ministers? Indeed, why should they get access to events organised by football writers or copy from the Press Association or copy from freelance agencies?
I think we could do a great deal more to increase pariah status for those that decided they didn't want to be part of the system, and hopefully that could encourage them to come into line.