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Yes. I mean, the point here that I was seeking to make is that the media are entirely entitled and individual newspapers or newspaper groups are entirely entitled to hold strong views and to seek to promote those views and to seek to persuade, pressure governments to adopt those views. That is entirely legitimate and should be defended at all costs. And also, of course, it provides a very important corrective in the political system, so whether it was the Daily Mail on the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, the Guardian on hacking, when the media picks up the cudgels like that, it has a very powerful and positive effect sometimes.

I think the balance to strike, however, is to make sure that politicians are not too -- how can I put it? Not too weak-kneed in face of pressure which they don't agree with or is unwarranted or is unjustified in a mature democracy. The pressure is one thing. Intimidation is another. And I think it's very important to point the finger not just at the press but the political class. The more the political class allow themselves over time to be intimidated or cajoled or pressured, of course the more it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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