A free press is the cornerstone of a free country - one in which the Government and the rich and powerful can be held to account and their misdemeanours brought to the attention of the public.
At the time of writing I don't know what is contained in the Leveson report, which will be published later today, but I have every expectation that it will recommend some form of statutory control over the press. David Cameron should ignore this pressure and avoid being remembered as the Prime Minister who introduced state control over the press.
Many of us will have been appalled with some of the things we have seen in the papers. Indeed, some of us have been the victims of either malicious lies or lazy inaccuracies by leading newspapers in this country – the Mirror’s front page “Tory MP thumps Labour MP” not long after I was first elected certainly springs to mind for me! However, that does not mean that things would be better with state regulated newspapers.