Tuesday 23 January 2018

Ruth Dudley Edwards: Cameron stands back in the rush to judgement

The British PM was right to be ruled by principle on Lord Leveson's report

ONE of my favourite cartoons of all time showed the march of the moderates. They were chanting: "What do we want? Moderate change. When do we want it? In due course."

It's a lonely position to hold when people are rushing to judgment and screaming that something must be done. NOW! To suggest a pause to consult and think rather than storm the Bastille is to risk being howled down and accused of not caring about whatever outrage has given rise to justified public indignation.

And so it was with the British prime minister last week after he accepted all of Lord Leveson's report on the British press, except a recommendation that would have regulation underpinned by legislation.

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