The looming shadow of Leveson

Lord Justice Leveson

At any time the news that Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks were facing yet another set of serious criminal charges would have been difficult for David Cameron. This, though, is not just any time.

It is little more than a week before the Leveson report into the culture, standards and ethics of the press is due to be published.

Lord Justice Leveson is expected to spell out - perhaps in politically painful detail - the story of the web of connections between journalists, politicians and the police.

He may raise questions about the wisdom of Mr Cameron's decision to hire the editor who resigned from the News of the World when phone hacking was first revealed and to befriend Rupert Murdoch's right-hand woman.

What's more, Leveson will make recommendations for a new system of press regulation which look likely to be the subject of a bitter political debate.

If Leveson recommends any form of new law to regulate the press the prime minister will face an unpalatable choice. Say yes and he will face an angry backlash from most national newspapers and most Conservatives including close allies in the Cabinet.

Say no and he will be confronted by a coalition of the victims of phone hacking, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and some Tory MPs.

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    Comment number 18.

    No17 Matt,
    Leveson is concerned with the press, not broadcasting.

    I thought you would have known that.
    Have you a view on the Cameron/ Rebekah e - mails?
    You may be aware that inquiries are being carried out at the BBC

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    Comment number 17.

    15 ginger f

    sunday mornings are not the same without either
    a all those bbc legends who have been pulled for ehm various reasons .
    b those completely false child abuse allegations .suspiciously appearing just when the bbc needed some diversion and ammo to throw at the tories .

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    Comment number 16.

    No9 Liquid,
    Why do you think David set up the inquiry?

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    Comment number 15.

    There appears to be a bit of right of centre pineing for that ol' lynchpin of investigative journalism NOTW.

    Is that right guys, are Sunday mornings just not the same without those stories obtained from pickpocketing people's private messages?

    Think how poor DaveC feels, double whammy - no more cosy dinner parties or horsey rides (LOL).

  • rate this

    Comment number 14.

    Given the events at the BBC, this inquiry now looks like a storm in a teacup.

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    Comment number 13.

    Leveson was a witch-hunt dressed up as a press Inquiry. So, am not interested in its conclusions.

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    Comment number 12.

    7 takely

    the scandal , rancid and well established ,happened when labour were in power and ni were supporting them . All totally forgotten by the see no evil , hear no evil opposition , and their media wing , the bbc .

    Labour could have held a full investigation from when the royal scandal broke onwards . they did not .
    because ruperts support was more important than the victims .

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    Comment number 11.

    Frankly, the Inquiry should have been about the BBC as much as about Murdoch. Extend the timeframe so that Leveson can look at the BBC too?

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    Comment number 10.

    No6 Matt
    'Kneecapping Rebekah and Coulson' never in the world.
    Who would cook the country suppers?
    Should e - mails between a British PM and those charged with serious criminal offences be made available to the public, excluding personal matters?

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    Comment number 9.

    "Leverson was about kneecapping news international"

    Correct. It had little in the end to do with phonehacking and plenty to do with Labour (hypocritically) attacking Murdoch and (even more hypocritically) trying to make out that only Cameron was close to Murdoch staff. In the process of the Inquiry , an unholy alliance was visible between the BBC and Labour.

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    Comment number 8.

    Leveson has major implications for the Chilcott inquiry & BBC investigations
    Let's hope LJ Leveson ...'gets it right'

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    Comment number 7.

    Tory/UKIP Voters can bewail the BBC until the cows come home.
    This is the REAL Scandal that exposes how the Rancid Establishment got right behind David Camerons Cabal.

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    Comment number 6.

    3 toryboy .

    leverson was about kneecapping news international.
    Labour knew exactly how NI worked before they even got into power , hacking was an open secret in and outside the media for a decade.

    leverson was about removing a large right of centre media giant before it could challenge the labour supporting BBC . and an oppertunistic tilt at the pm through coulson .
    Blairs emails ????

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    Comment number 5.

    Do you think David's e - mails with those charged with serious criminal offences should be made public with the exception of personal matters?
    Depends whether it is intended as a political 'fatson style scalp hunt' or whether it is relevant to the 'principal concerns' as would involve the e-mails of previous Labour govt inc. eg's Iraq war & El Megrahi as being of larger concern

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    Comment number 4.

    leverson was that the inquirey into the worlds largest media organisation covering up systematic child abuse , the putting out false info implicating their political enemies as a decoy .

    or was it the one where some peoples voice mails were listened to without their permision .

    must be the second one as the bbc attempts to link the pm to the first one went wrong.

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    Comment number 3.

    No1 Naut,
    The Leveson inquiry is principally concerned with the press, politicians relationship with newspapers particularly News International, and possible corruption involving the police.
    Do you think David's e - mails with those charged with serious criminal offences should be made public with the exception of personal matters?

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    Comment number 2.

    The PM deciding on response to Levenson?

    That looks like the blue whale of conflicts of interest.

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    Comment number 1.

    Too early - Leveson will miss the inquiries into the BBC?

    Leveson should issue a 'caveat' to revisit his report - so as to examine what needs doing about the BBC?


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