Posts Tagged “leveson inquiry”

The Leveson Report: what Lib Dem members think of his proposals for the press

by Stephen Tall on December 16, 2012

Lib Dem Voice polled our members-only forum recently to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Over 500 party members have responded, and we’re publishing the full results. LDV asked: Generally speaking, which of the following best reflects your view? 20% – It is […]

Maria Miller, the Telegraph and Leveson: how statutory regulation begins & how the press is bringing it on itself

by Stephen Tall on December 12, 2012

Now I’m more than a little sceptical about Leveson: I think he’s firing the wrong bullet (regulation backed by statute) at a target that’s moving out of range (the ‘dead tree press’). However, I’m also deeply sceptical about the press’s ability to report facts straight. Which leaves me a bit conflicted at this morning’s report: […]

Nick Clegg’s Letter from the Leader, No. 5: Leveson – “the Prime Minister and I disagreed”

by Stephen Tall on December 2, 2012

Here’s Nick Clegg’s latest missive to Lib Dem members and supporters — and no prizes for guessing which topic is the subject this week: Lord Justice Leveson’s report into media standards… On Thursday afternoon I made a statement in Parliament on the Liberal Democrat response to the Leveson Inquiry. I spoke after the Prime Minister, […]

Leveson, the morning after the Report before: what Lib Dem bloggers say

by Stephen Tall on November 30, 2012

Caron Lindsay blogged about Nick Clegg’s Commons statement here on LibDemVoice: Nick Clegg: We won’t find better solution than Leveson’s. Here’s a quick round-up of other reaction so far from Lib Dem bloggers to Lord Justice Leveson’s report on media standards… Contributors split on broadly pro/anti-Leveson Report lines. Let’s start with the pro-Leveson bloggers: Shock […]

Whatever the Leveson Report recommends, it’s worth remembering the value of the Leveson Inquiry

by Stephen Tall on November 28, 2012

I’m as clueless as anyone else at the moment about what Lord Justice Leveson will recommend in his report, to be published tomorrow, on press standards in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal. I’ve said already I oppose any form of state regulation which would allow the government of the day, whether explicitly or (far […]

John Kampfner on Leveson: ‘A raucous, argumentative society is a healthy society.’

by Stephen Tall on November 28, 2012

I’ve already half-nailed my colours to the mast on Leveson. First, I am opposed to any form of state regulation of the press. Secondly, to those who argue that ‘state underpinning of en independent regulator’ is entirely different, I’m eager (…)

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As Leveson reports… Why I’m sticking up for ‘Press freedom with no buts’

by Stephen Tall on November 25, 2012

Lord Justice Leveson’s inquiry into the phone-hacking scandal will report this week. His recommendations on the future of press regulation are the subject of intense speculation, with essentially three positions being staked-out: What’s being proposed ‘Independent regulation backed up by statute’ Advocates, who include Evan Harris and the Hacked Off campaign group, argue that the […]

Nick’s second ‘Letter from the Leader’: featuring PMQs, Leveson Inquiry & tax-cuts for the low-paid

by Stephen Tall on November 10, 2012

Nick Clegg’s second letter to members and supporters has hit my inbox… This week’s email focuses on two issues. First, the impending Leveson Report into what form of media (self-)regulation will be needed to ensure newspapers don’t continue to abuse their power in the way that was exposed so forensically during Sir Brian’s inquiry. And […]

On Twitter, Leveson, media standards… and Labour MP Ian Austin labelling Russell Brand “a disgusting, sleezy [sic], horrible creep”

by Stephen Tall on August 18, 2012

I love Twitter and I hate Twitter. At its best, it is a brilliant way of enjoying a shared moment with friends and friends-of-friends, whether glorying in the Olympics or bitching about X-Factor. At its worst, it is a bile-filled bearpit, where opinions are sprayed with scant regard for their accuracy in the race to […]

Lib Dems should back a judge-led inquiry into financial scandal

by Stephen Tall on July 4, 2012

I get why the Tories are opposed to a judge-led inquiry into the scandalous rate-rigging practices employed by Barclays and other banks: their experiences of the Leveson Inquiry show how scandals, even ones that blend across the red/blue parties, have a habit of rebounding on the government of the day. I get why Labour are […]