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

I find it terribly flattering that you think I could appoint the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, and so it should be. But no, I was glad that -- you know, I -- one of the difficulties in this is we are talking about police, here, now, and I understand that, but we could be having this conversation parallel about politicians. We could be having this conversation about showbiz personalities. You know, this wasn't my life. This was a bit of my life, you know. We could be having the same conversation about journalism.

What happened was that this was a guy who was going for it. I gave him some input. He succeeded. I thought, "Happy days, because this has worked out all right and hopefully there will be a better moving forward way for the media and the Metropolitan Police." That benefited my newspaper, so it was good all round. I similarly felt, at the time, that there was a better relationship we were working on, for instance, at the Home Office. All right? I didn't necessarily think that that was of instant benefit to me. I got on with Alastair Campbell. It wasn't just a benefit to me that the -- you know, you were able to talk to Alastair Campbell in the press, if you see what I mean. All I'm saying is my life is not about the MPS.

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