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But I just have a feeling that if you even have the informal mechanism that your Lordship, I think, is proposing -- mechanism is not even the right word, the informal sort of understanding -- I think if you put that to a newspaper editor, and said, well, what's wrong with -- your Lordship may have done this, I don't know -- he would immediately say, no, I don't think that is really something I could possibly agree to, or want to happen.

I think I would agree with the newspaper editor who reacted in that way, although I understand where your Lordship is coming from in making that suggestion. I just think that one has got to give them utter freedom to behave as badly as they like, knowing as one does that damages aren't an adequate remedy very often at all, however large.

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