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

No, I think you're misrepresenting that, to be honest. There's a memo based -- in here somewhere about -- somebody described me as a good friend of the Met and occasional critic. And the truth of the matter is you never -- anybody who ever thinks they have a sort of free pass from the press is fooling themselves. It's a symbiotic relationship, but it is one that always can go both ways.

So Ian Blair couldn't have rescued himself with the press simply by buying us drinks and being friendly. What he needed was some good advice to say, "Look, this is an issue. This is what you need to do about the issue. If you got that wrong, don't be self-justifying about it. Face up to it. This is how you should face up it to it. These are some PR leads, if you like. These are some attitudes you could strike. These are some things you could do to try to repair that damage."

One of those, without doubt, would be sitting down with -- whether it's Paul Dacre, Ian McGregor at the Telegraph, Andy Coulson or Colin Myler at the News of the World, and explaining to them where he was coming from, what his thoughts were, and taking their view about, you know, what he was doing that -- you know, in a way, newspapers have constituencies, you know? The Sun has a distinct constituency. So when its editor speaks, it's telling you what the perception is -- the editor's perception of what that constituency thinks. So what you can take out of it is if I want to reach out to that constituency, then I need to take this, that or the other into account.

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