Leveson Inquiry: Cameron and Clegg work out response


The prime minister has just begun a meeting with his deputy, Nick Clegg, to discuss the findings of the Leveson report and how the government should respond.

I understand that it is hundreds of pages long and that officials have been seen carrying it around Downing Street in cardboard boxes.

As well as proposals for improved regulation of newspapers, I am told that it contains criticisms of the way the press, politicians and the police have behaved.

Labour leader Ed Miliband will not receive his copy of the report until tomorrow morning.

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    Comment number 59.


    "#57 Still evading the issue:

    I think I'm going to have to draw an 'adverse inference' from your maintaining a right to silence."

    Or alternatively you could read post 55 from me ....

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    Comment number 58.


    Still evading the issue:

    I said said 79% in favour. Are you claiming the guardian was lying when they said 79% of poll respondents in favour of independent regulator, empowered by law?

    I think I'm going to have to draw an 'adverse inference' from your maintaining a right to silence.

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    Comment number 57.

    37 & 52.jon112dk

    "I can only put you tories right ... Watch how I do it if you like, even tories can learn simple skills."

    Indeed, I was certainly interested enough in the points you made to look into them further for myself. So thanks for that. Unfortunately your statements, analysis and factual accuracy were poor, mainly because you hadn't looked into it properly yourself.

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    Comment number 56.

    labour made use of the SUN the BLUNKETT for home secterary headline to KILL a labour BAD news story. ANd then the infamous F4J LEO BLAIR kidnapp plot, when the SUN was in their pocket, ut since they switched side and labour lost they are trying to settle scores and neutor press freedoms , that the REAL Story here

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    Comment number 55.

    52. jon112dk

    "Are you claiming the Guardian lied? Are you saying there was not 79% of poll respondents in favour of independent regulation?"
    Yes. The Guardian have their own spin on it, and you are incorrect with your for/against type comments. 79% preferred this one of two different and very limited options available. This is not the same as what you are saying.

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    Comment number 54.


    Leveson self-confessed 'came fresh' to think about press freedom

    Many politicians, I suspect, equally 'fresh'

    And those who 'cut out' from honest dissuasion?

    Corruption is acknowledged: explanatory and widespread

    There are not policemen enough to 'enforce the law' in every heart, behind every door, even amongst 'our captains'

    Let 'every voice' be in One Cover: the best to 'win'?

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    Comment number 53.

    "serious about ownership"

    In 400ch no reference to trans-national

    But 'essentially', given collective adult understanding & agreement on equal income-shares, the size & management structure of enterprises becomes a matter of pragmatism… AND liberated conscience

    Under rule of Mammon, all quislings, ownership by Baron Quisling 'matters' much!

    Nationalise: in One Cover many strands

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    Comment number 52.


    Hey, Pickled - you really should try to get a substantial point in, alongside the jibes. Watch how I do it if you like, even tories can learn simple skills.

    I see you cunningly 'forgot' to address the key question in #37 .....

    ..... Are you claiming the Guardian lied? Are you saying there was not 79% of poll respondents in favour of independent regulation?

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    Comment number 51.

    Has Kim Jong Un or Yoda to this HYS on got?

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    Comment number 50.

    No47 All for All,
    'Who 'owns' titles and presses, no matter'.
    The 'great' press baron, Lord Beaverbrook is reported as saying 'I acquire newspapers for no other reason that they can be used as a vehicle for my own personal propaganda'
    Are you serious about ownership being of no matter?

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    Comment number 49.

    Absolutely bizarre! Leveson needs 8 months and 2000 pages to work out the options and his recommendations.

    We expect the government and politicians to come back with a response within hours.

    1) It will not be a carefully considered one.
    2) Making the right decision will take a bit longer.
    3) They need to consider GB not party-political interests.
    4) DC is right to seek All-Party consensus.

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    Comment number 48.

    Perhaps I'm being a little 'black and white' here, but I can't imagine how the Prime Minister can determine an appropriate response to the Leveson inquiry given that he appears (based on whats been printed in the newspapers!) to be somehow wrapped up in the whole affair with his ex press officer and his relationship with the Sun newspaper.

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    Comment number 47.

    In democratic freedom, news will come multi-perspectived

    For national debate: one newspaper, many pages, debating

    Who 'owns' titles & presses, no matter

    What matters is equal standing of all involved

    Equal shareholders in 'the outcome for the nation'

    Secure in full employment and full dignity in need

    Not ruled by Fear & Greed, but by Conscience

    Such freedom is for society, agreed as a whole

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    Comment number 46.

    37 jon112dk

    "Limited time"
    Time is not the only thing that you have in limit quantity.

    "You must be economically inactive if you have time to read the whole poll report."
    Really ? The yougov poll report is only 6 pages long.

    So this is what passes for informed opinion and debate in your world is it ?

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    Comment number 45.

    Who needs newspapers in this day and age? Everyone stop buying them. End of problem.

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    Comment number 44.

    Acknowledge context of ultimates:

    Self-regulation depends on freedom to follow conscience

    Universal freedom requires secure equality of income-share

    Agreement on equality needs understanding of democracy

    Democracy, rule 'of, by, for the People', is in representation

    Representativeness starts with income equality, in it together

    Free speech and a free press will be found in a free People.

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    Comment number 43.

    Very strange that the Lib Dems look to be the most illiberal on this one.
    They above all should be wanting to protect the ability of the press to bring the executive to account.
    Maybe its the usual Lib Dem petty politics and 'wish we were in government with Labour' dreamers needing to show they are 'standing up to their coalition partners'

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    Comment number 42.

    2000 page report. Took a year to produce.
    Why on earth are we 'demanding' immediate government policy in 1 day?

    You remember the saying 'Marry in haste, repent at leaisure', maybe that holds too for legislation.

    Give them a couple of weeks

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    Comment number 41.


    Tend to agree with you.

    Interesting point from channel 4 news last night - the type of regulation that the newspapers say will end a free press is already present for the TV stations.

    I don't see the presence of OFCOM stopping the C4 - or Nick on here - criticising the government.

    We need reasonable regulation to prevent misconduct.

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    Comment number 40.

    Many politicians & members of the public want a regulatory body enshrined in law, but some lawmakers, editors & journalists fear this could limit press freedom. How? If they are doing things right, they can bear scrutiny.
    Parliament would have to approve any legal changes the report recommends, & Mr. Cameron, tainted himself by his own conduct, is under intense pressure from both sides.


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