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Actually, the practical objection falls away. I think the principled objection stands and the concern would be over time, again, that in the event that politicians were unhappy with the press they were getting, they would say, "You know what? We should just tighten one thing up, and the thing we should tighten up is the oversight of standards. It will be easy to do; we'll just make an amendment to the Leveson Act."

That's my concern, and I'm sorry we're labouring the point. Obviously, as you know, before the war, the Times endorsed appeasement. There was a real concern that a newspaper of influence and importance had got too close to government. I think it's really important that we avoid that.

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