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

The absolute priority I have is that it should work, because I am struck by the history of this sort of exercise -- not quite, an Inquiry under this legislation -- the number of times it has happened since the war. I don't think it's very good for the country, I don't think it's very good for the press, but whatever one does, then there's another Inquiry, last-chance saloon, "We'll be better", then another one. This is why I have postulated this graph of immediate improvement after some disaster and gradual drift until the next disaster, and then a big story will happen, and you've said it yourself: there will be trouble. So the system has to be sufficiently robust to cope with the trouble, so that in ten years' time we don't have to do the whole thing again.

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