Articles tagged with Leveson inquiry
by Charlie Critchell / 21 Dec 2012 09:58
On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
12 drummers drumming
Like a never ending procession the deafening roar of a US election can be both exhilarating and exhausting. In what promised to be the closest contest in years, the candidates clashed over the economy, healthcare and abortion. The momentous drum roll finally ended to hail Obama as the worthy victor.
11 pipers piping
by Josh White / 10 Dec 2012 13:01
The Labour party has today released their draft “Press Freedom and Trust Bill”, outlining a system of statutory press regulation in which an independent watchdog is overseen by a “Recognition Panel”, led by the Lord Chief Justice. The intent of the publication is mainly political, since even the backing of a Commons majority would not convince David Cameron to initiate what he has so publically opposed.
Nevertheless, the intended effect of the bill
by Charlotte Henry / 28 Nov 2012 16:17
Tomorrow Lord Leveson will finally publish his much speculated upon findings on the future of the British press. It threatens to be a watershed moment for David Cameron and coalition. Significantly, it also will prove just how liberal the Liberal Democrats are.
Liberalism should mean the dispersing of power, removing some control from the centralised state. The idea that liberals in government could sit by and watch as the state took over regulation
by Sadie Smith / 26 Nov 2012 10:41
The latest in the long-running series of 'Why politicians shouldn’t make funnies. Ever' is Michael Gove’s latest offering at the Spectator awards. Okay everyone, prepare to hold your sides: Gove said "It's … a pity that His Honour Brian Leveson cannot be here so he could receive the Bureau of Investigative Journalism award for commitment to truth-telling for his wonderful comments: 'I don't really need any lessons in freedom of speech, Mr Gove, really
by Anoosh Chakelian / 29 Jun 2012 14:17
It is a rather delicious televisual prospect - airing the dirty bespoke laundry of those all-texting, all-Bollinger-swilling bankers for the sake of innocuous British viewers and excitable headline writers to gawp and cringe. Oh, and for the sake of justice.
The parallels between the public probe into press standards and a would-be bankers’ inquiry are almost too pleasingly easy to draw.
There is the Murdochian baddie who refuses to resign, Barclays chief
14 Jun 2012 09:35
David Cameron has finished giving evidence. The inquiry will return on Monday 25th June.
Summary of evidence today:
Cameron acknowledges that the any new regulatory system should be independent with statutory backing and must be easily accessible to more vulnerable victims.
Drawing on his experience at Carlton, Cameron says he recognises that both newspapers shouldn't have the same regulatory framework as television because they are both different.
by Martin Shapland / 13 Jun 2012 12:51
This afternoon, there will, essentially, be a confidence vote in the culture secretary, and the Lib Dem half of the coalition are going to sit back and let it happen.
It’s not every day some of the serving cabinet ministers refuse to back a cabinet colleague. But this is no ordinary government and these are no ordinary times.
The abstention will be only the second time the party has exercised a party,
by Amber Elliott / 13 Jun 2012 12:38
It took 28 minutes for someone to mention the Eurozone crisis at PMQs this afternoon and, even then, there was a disappointing lack of eurogeddon, Grexit or Spailout puns.
The reason for the euro-silence was that MPs were drooling over Leveson, in the week that most major political figures from the last ten years give evidence.
Political porn for pundits, but a headache for David Cameron.
Ed Miliband kicked off by
by Amber Elliott / 12 Jun 2012 09:26
Ed Miliband is expected to present his vision for how he sees the press being reformed, when he appears before Leveson this afternoon.
While those around him remain tight-lipped about what he might say, he is likely to follow in the footsteps of Tony Blair who put forward a fuller picture of how he sees media regulation.
The former Labour prime minister urged Lord Justice Leveson to "drain the poison from the
by Vicky Wong / 11 Jun 2012 09:41
George Osborne has finished giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry. The Inquiry returns at 10am tomorrow morning to hear from Ed Miliband, Harriet Harman and Sir John Major.
Summary of George Osborne's evidence
Osborne said that he didn't have any views on the BSkyB bid but was aware that it was a "political inconvenience".
When asked if he thought the fusion of news and opinion was a problem, he
by Vicky Wong and Tom Rollins / 29 May 2012 09:53
Michael Gove has finished giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry.
Alastair Campbell, @campbellclaret, tweets: "I think Leveson probing Gove so closely because he may know Gove the minister Cameron looks to for intellectual guidance. Sad but true."
Protracted parry-and-riposte between Leveson and Gove on regulation now.
Leveson suggesting some kind of mechanism to be devised on small claims resolved outside of court, to enable "swift
by Tom Rollins / 28 May 2012 09:52
Tony Blair is now giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry
LJ Leveson reiterates that he has no intention of "perilling the free press" and a political consensus is "important, if not critical" and the absence of consensus would be difficult
Has no doubt that any future PM will have all sorts of ideas and policies to implement, however the phone hacking issue may not be high on the agenda and