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It's to the 31st that I wanted to turn next, because on this date Number 10 writes to enlarge on the earlier letter and commend continuing pressure to improve self-regulation, but it also asks that you recast the draft White Paper to set out the case for legislation but balancing it with the arguments against, acknowledging the need for wide defence provisions against charges of criminal offences, but also the unworkability of the offences with such defences included, and that although a privacy tort was under consideration, the PCC including its provisions within its own code of conduct would be even better, and in both cases draft clauses should also be published.

Can I pick up on that, first of all by asking: this does begin to mark the turning of the tide, doesn't it, and a falling away from the position in January where consensus appeared to be emerging?

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