"Indeed, am I alone in detecting the rank smells of hypocrisy and revenge in the political class's current moral indignation over a British press that dared to expose their greed and corruption -- the same political class, incidentally, that, until a few weeks ago, had spent years indulging in sickening genuflection to the Murdoch press."
"I'd like to try to persuade this inquiry that self-regulation -- albeit in a considerably beefed up form -- is, in a country that regards itself as truly democratic, the only viable way of policing a genuinely free press.
"This growing clamour for more regulation ignores the uncomfortable truth that the Press is already on the very cusp of being over regulated. Indeed, over the past twenty years, restriction has been piled upon restriction.
The Data Protection Act means that reporters can be criminalised for such basic journalist practices as obtaining ex-directory numbers which they need to do to check stories are accurate."
On corrections and clarifications
"I believe corrections must be given more prominence. As from next week, the Daily Mail, the Mail on Sunday and Metro will introduce a "Corrections and Clarifications" column on page two of these paper."