The transcripts of the official inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. More…

I think that is exactly right, and I think I would be horrified at the sudden emergence of a sort of investigative Praetorian Guard that was stomping around Canary Wharf and South Kensington. One of the reasons that we most need a light statutory framing of this is so that the mandate is clearly set out and understood and responsibility then attributed for who does what in making it work, and the improved Press Council can play its part in that, but you'd need to be very, very careful --

If you think of what we heard in the open seminars and one or two other places from the Richard Desmond people, hearing the description that they gave of feeling that they were being invited into a club where somebody else had got all the best seats and was really driving it, I understood for the first time why Richard Desmond has a point. If I'd have been him, I wouldn't have wanted to join it either, and the fact that there's the financial issue as well, I'm sure that's a real -- he's not a man who's known to spend money lightly, but actually framing the mandate and the governance is crucial to the culture being able to grow and flourish, and what we've seen with Ofcom, which had many, many enemies when it was set up, many enemies of the idea, is that it has indeed -- it's grown to understand its mandate, it's adapted to changing political circumstances, but it's a strong creature in the landscape and therefore available to play a key role in all of this.

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