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Individual bloggers, speaking entirely for myself and without committing myself to anything, are not my greatest concern. I do understand the issue that you raise about those who are in the business of recycling news on the Internet, which I have described, I think more than once, as the elephant in the room. But as regards membership, I have difficulty with the idea that it can always be entirely voluntary, because if everybody isn't involved, it just becomes very difficult.

Don't get me wrong. I am not suggesting a government or a statutory regime. On the other hand, I don't think it's a binary choice between that and self-regulation where it's all entirely voluntary. I don't think you were in the Inquiry when Mr Barber was giving evidence this morning, but we had a discussion about this very topic.

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