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

I do, yes. I have two responses to it.

I think what you're saying does suggest the importance of politicians with major decisions having considerable self-discipline in putting aside those visceral reactions, and I think mine broke down momentarily in that interview but otherwise was maintained, I think.

But the other answer to your question, I think, is in your first sentence, where you said that there are tramlines. There is a very clearly prescribed process which the politicians have to follow, they are subject to legal advice at every stage, they are aware that they can be challenged if those visceral views were public or had been expressed. There is ample protection for the parties in the case to bring subsequent action if the politician had behaved unreasonably, and I think that, you know, I was dealing with a process that has a mixture of political input, which I think is important and legitimate, and legal protection, and I wouldn't be comfortable with simply abandoning this quite complex arrangement for something that seeks artificial comfort in a purely -- well, bureaucratic or purely judicial mechanism.

Keyboard shortcuts

j previous speech k next speech