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Eilis O'Hanlon: Rare demonstration of political principle

THE left wing commentariat can be shockingly unimaginative. When David Cameron came out strongly last week against political regulation of the press in the wake of the Leveson report into phone hacking, the immediate response of many was to scoff that he was only doing so because he was afraid of the media, or wanted the support of billionaire proprietors at the next election.

The idea that the British prime minister might have done so because he actually believed that political interference in a free press was dangerous and misguided never occurred to them; but actually what came through from Cameron's words last week was a stirring sense of absolute principle and conviction.