Press regulation

Maria Miller's support is vanishing as press moves in for the kill. (PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Tory MPs turn on Maria Miller – and Dave

7 April 2014 14:38

Maria Miller is losing friends, fast. Furious briefing over the last 24 hours has seen a host of Tory MPs withdraw their support for the embattled Culture Secretary - and question the judgment… Continue reading


The new press Royal Charter must be ignored

30 October 2013 18:11

The foxes have voted, and after careful deliberation concluded that they should be in charge of the chicken coop. No one should be surprised by the outcome of tonight’s Privy Council… Continue reading

Soham Trial Nears Conclusion

British journalists lock each other up and throw away the key

28 October 2013 21:23

In the past few days, my colleagues on the Guardian have been publishing stories of national and international significance – indeed, if truth be told, they have been publishing them… Continue reading


Press Freedom: The state goes for everyone (and you have no right to be surprised)

17 October 2013 11:26

Britain’s journalists ought to be asking themselves an unfamiliar question: what is the point of my life? If they have any knowledge of history, they ought to know that they… Continue reading

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Why does the Guardian only get worked up about the press’s freedom to leak?

16 October 2013 16:34

Alan Rusbridger, the editor of the Guardian, has been busy tweeting comments from Jill Abramson, the new executive editor of the New York Times, basically in support of his newspaper’s… Continue reading

London Landmarks At Night

The ‘polite protests’ from Buckingham Palace over Leveson

16 October 2013 16:07

As the whole Leveson wrangle approaches its climax (or anti-climax), one collateral, innocent victim of it all is the Queen. The government ruse to make its proposed system of statutory… Continue reading

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The Spectator’s two-letter response to politicians’ plans for licensing the press

11 October 2013 17:24

What part of ‘no’ don’t they understand? Our politicians have proudly unveiled their new plan to license the press, as if this was is in their power to do so.… Continue reading

Charles I And Son

Revised Royal Charter channels Charles I’s Royal Prerogative

11 October 2013 16:56

Here is the revised Royal Charter on press regulation agreed by the three parties. It replaces the draft published in March this year. It begins: NOW KNOW YE that We… Continue reading

Man of mystery Brian Leveson, who has no opinions. Photo: Getty Images.

Leveson: press regulation is ‘your problem, not mine’

10 October 2013 15:12

Brian Leveson has no opinions on press regulation, apparently. It just took him three hours to repeat this to MPs, over and over again, peppering his increasingly exasperated answers with… Continue reading


Pizzas banned as politicians get set for crunch press talks

8 October 2013 21:46

It’s funny that the pizzas that ministers, advisers and lobbyists munched as they thrashed out a deal on press regulation in March have become a symbol of all that was… Continue reading

The Spectator's response to Maria Miller

Sorry, Maria Miller. We still won’t sign

8 October 2013 18:06

The very fact that a Cabinet member has stood up in the House of Commons to make a statement on the future of newspapers suggests there’s something going rather wrong… Continue reading

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Ministers made a poor use of Parliament on press regulation

6 May 2013 18:47

The government’s decision to delay signing off the Royal Charter for press regulation was initially heralded as a dramatic change of heart, before being re-sold by those involved in the… Continue reading

Lord Leveson Publishes His Eagerly Awaited Report Into Press Standards

The Regulated?

25 April 2013 13:58

With plummeting sales and the damage caused by the Johann Hari scandal, Chris Blackhurst had his work cut out when he took over as Editor of the Independent in 2011. Perhaps he saw… Continue reading

Maria Miller and Oliver Letwin gave the impression today that now those cross-party talks were over, deciding the future of press regulation was a lovely experience, like skipping happily through a sunlit meadow. Picture: Carla Millar

Maria Miller and Oliver Letwin’s perfect press regulation

16 April 2013 16:20

There was a curious meeting of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee this morning. The MPs took evidence from Oliver Letwin and Maria Miller, and then from Harriet Harman,… Continue reading


Leveson: Don’t be frightened by the state

26 March 2013 13:12

If David Cameron had any sense, he would stand up in the Commons and say “I am withdrawing the Royal Charter. The law officers have assured me that Lord Justice… Continue reading

Will bloggers escape from the shackles of press regulation?

‘Small-scale’ bloggers hear the chimes of freedom

25 March 2013 16:57

Bloggers of the United Kingdom rejoice – an exemption from the all-new press controls looks to be on the way. We are waiting today to see if any of the… Continue reading

Hacked Off have tabled an amendment today in the Lords to exempt some bloggers. Photo: Getty Images.

It’s down to the House of Lords to save the bloggers

22 March 2013 18:24

On Monday, Parliament will decide the future of blogging in this country. As the government’s press regulation proposals stand, blogs big and small would come under the new press regulator.… Continue reading

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Dreaming of systems so perfect that no one will need to be good

22 March 2013 10:45

I have a piece in this morning’s Wall Street Journal (Europe) on our new press regulations titled ‘We have the newspapers we deserve’: ‘I have just finished studying a diagram… Continue reading


Do politicians know what they’re doing with the Royal Charter?

22 March 2013 8:45

I witnessed my first-ever PMQs last week. It was, as my friend and Spectator colleague Isabel Hardman told me, not a raucous a PMQs as can usually be. Yet for… Continue reading

Peter Lilley and George Eustice. Both Conservatives but voted differently on press regulation.

The View from 22 — Peter Lilley vs. George Eustice on press regulation and the 2013 Budget

21 March 2013 22:19

The Spectator has categorically said ‘NO’ to signing up to the government’s new regulatory body, but why are MPs so divided? In this week’s View from 22 podcast, Peter Lilley… Continue reading


Hacked Off says press damages plan is a mistake

21 March 2013 18:30

So the latest twist in the surreal saga of statutory regulation of the press is that the campaign group which had unparalleled access to the three parties hammering out a… Continue reading

George Osborne didn't tax any other hot food in today's Budget, and responded to a Sun campaign on beer duty. But that hasn't granted him a positive response from the paper. Picture: Getty

Osborne’s pitch to Sun-reading voters caught up in Leveson row

20 March 2013 23:00

If this was a Budget for Sun readers, then it hasn’t quite worked out as well as George Osborne might have hoped. The newspaper sounded pretty cheery this morning with… Continue reading

The Sun Sets Behind The Houses Of Parliament

Jim Sheridan MP and those “parasites” in parliament

19 March 2013 15:14

Labour MP Jim Sheridan covered himself in glory this morning by asking why the ‘parasitical press’ is ‘even allowed to come into’ parliament. Westminster watchers will remember the eloquent and… Continue reading

The first sections of legislation implementing Leveson went through the Commons today. Picture: Getty

Ministers avoid awkward vote on foreign criminals as Tories rebel on press damages plan

19 March 2013 0:11

The Crime and Courts Bill, which contains one half of the government’s response to the Leveson recommendations, has just passed its third reading in the House of Commons. An earlier… Continue reading

Lord Leveson Publishes His Eagerly Awaited Report Into Press Standards

It’s not a press regulator, it’s a web regulator.

18 March 2013 20:31

Since the early 1990s, hundreds of millions of words have been produced about the Web. Enthusiasts have told us that it is the greatest communications revolution since Guttenberg invented movable… Continue reading