Yesterday, David Cameron repeatedly refused to answer whether he discussed the BSkyB bid with Rebekah Brooks on any of the multiple occasions he met with her since becoming Prime Minister. Instead he has relied on a rather precise formulation of words where he claims he had "no inappropriate conversations" with her and he also points out that he had been taken entirely out of the BSkyB bid process.
Thursday, 21 July 2011
Monday, 18 July 2011
Wednesday, 13 July 2011
Something struck me during David Cameron's press conference about the "Hackgate" scandal last Friday. It was this particular passage:
Because party leaders were so keen to win the support of newspapers, we turned a blind eye to the need to sort this issue, get on top of the bad practices, to change the way our newspapers are regulated.It's a bit like MPs' expenses.The people in power knew things weren't right.But they didn't do enough quickly enough – until the full mess of the situation was revealed.Now, when the scandal hits and the truth is plain for everyone to see ... there are two choices.You can downplay it and deny the problem is deep – or you can accept the seriousness of the situation and deal with it.I want to deal with it.
I think that politicians would be surprised at the response they would get to a serious debate on the subject. My experience is that a lot of Tories now favour reform, but they are terrified about being seen as soft on drugs by the media and prejudicing an almost certain election victory. Cameron had a chance to start a real debate when his own drug taking experiences became an issue, but I guess he was too timid to do so.
Monday, 11 July 2011
Now that the AV referendum has been lost, those of us who supported the change are licking our wounds and wondering when the next opportunity for electoral change for the Commons may present itself.