Tory Manifesto ……page 82
A free media
At a time when the internet is changing the way people obtain their news, we also need to take steps to protect the reliability and objectivity of information that is essential to our democracy and a free and independent press. We will ensure content creators are appropriately rewarded for the content they make available online. We will be consistent in our approach to regulation of online and offline media. Given the comprehensive nature of the first stage of the Leveson Inquiry and given the lengthy investigations by the police and Crown Prosecution Service into alleged wrongdoing, we will not proceed with the second stage of the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. We will repeal Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2014, which, if enacted, would force media organisations to become members of a flawed regulatory system or risk having to pay the legal costs of both sides in libel and privacy cases, even if they win.
I do believe that that paragraph is more important than all the rest of the whims, and whines, and head-shaking dross which fills the other pages. If they win, and I hope they do, it will show that at least the Tories will have shaken off the leaden weights of Levenson, and allow free comment and speech to rule once more in the Nation!
Update:—– Just wonder what Max Mosley said when he read that small gem?