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

I think that's a perfectly fair question, to be honest. What I knew about John Stevens was that he had a view about how police and press should interact. He had a strong view that was based, at least in part, on his experiences in Ireland -- which I knew a lot about, because I'd served there -- his experiences in Northumbria -- which, again, I knew about because I've lived there -- and also because of what we had seen with Sir Paul Condon, MacPherson, et cetera, et cetera, and the relationship between the press and the Metropolitan Police. He had a view that (a) I agreed with and (b) was also convenient for him and was also good for newspapers. So, if you like, the opposite of a perfect storm. A perfect sunburst.

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