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Why did Harding leave The Times? Steerpike may have the answer... Image: Getty

The rumble of the Thunderer

10 January 2013 9:00

Steerpike is back in this week’s Spectator, and here’s a little taster from Wapping: James Harding, the ousted Times editor, left with a £1.3 million payoff in his pocket and… Continue reading

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David Cameron has displayed politics at its best today. Photo: Getty Images.

Leveson report: Cameron’s defining moment

29 November 2012 15:39

I do believe that David Cameron has just pledged to  protect press freedom – and, in effect, reject the most illiberal proposals of today’s Leveson Report. He has asked the… Continue reading

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Why The Spectator will take no part in state licensing of the press

28 November 2012 13:01

Lord Justice Leveson reports at 1.30pm tomorrow and David Cameron has blocked out 90 minutes in parliament to respond. The big question is this: will he introduce state licensing of… Continue reading

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The Spectator has a long history of advocating press freedom.

Why The Spectator won’t be part of a state licensed media

28 November 2012 12:59

Anyone picking up a newspaper in recent days will have noticed that the press has been writing a lot about itself. Lord Justice Leveson’s inquiry into press practices and ethics… Continue reading

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