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Well, you know, I think that -- I think anyone who is in politics is aware that all manner of different intrusions are used and -- you know, trying to get details of your bank accounts and stuff like that. I fortunately never, although it may come to that, suffered from what is really the absolute worst in all of these things, which is, of course, what particularly excited, I think, David Calcutt and his team, which is what happened to a poor comedy actor, now probably long forgotten, called Gordon Kay, and the extent to which, for no better reason than just wanting photographs of some fellow on his deathbed -- you know, all manner of intrusion is used by the tabloid press to get into bedrooms and stuff, to get into the hospital wards and stuff like that, and you know -- no, I don't think I have anything much more to say about my own personal experiences.

By the way, my sense about my own personal experiences doesn't make me -- I am probably about as sympathetic to a free press as anyone can be because I spend a lot of my life now being appalled at the impotence of Parliament, at the inability of people to actually -- indeed, the restraint, dare I say, that the courts are imposing on the publication of an awful lot of stuff that should circulate. The press is our only guarantor against that, but I do think we can't go on with the press fouling its own nest by being incapable of behaving appropriately in relation to their desperate desire to feed the British public's equally desperate desire for gossip.

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