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#NoBrokenPromises, Mr Cameron

David Cameron is breaking all four key promises he made to the British public at the time of the Leveson Inquiry.

There are three things you can do today to support our #NoBrokenPromises campaign:

1) Urge your MP to ask the Prime Minister to meet with victims of press abuse, without delay.

2) Support our social media campaign by sharing and re-tweeting our posts on Facebook and Twitter (please set your Twitter notifications to ‘on’ so you don’t miss a tweet).

3) Sign our Leveson Declaration to show your support and join our mailing list.

 

If Cameron continues in this way it will be as though Leveson never happened. His government will be back in collusion with the big press companies and newspapers will be as unaccountable for their abuses as they were in the days when Milly Dowler’s phone was hacked. 

The corporate press and the politicians will have won again, just as they have always won before, and it will be the public – ordinary people facing newspaper cruelty – who will lose out.

We must stop this happening.   

 

151 Comments

Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

Edward F Hanrahanreply
April 06, 2016 at 08:04 AM

When will the high and so called mighty realise that while they are enjoying a champagne and glitzy life. This is all done at the expense of working class people who day after day are facing loss of jobs, house’s, disability benefits, health and lives. Cameron is a Hitler type character who like so many dictators before have systematically destroyed lives the world over.

David Bonereply
April 06, 2016 at 09:04 AM

Murdoch says “jump”, government says “how high?”

Sarah Russellreply
April 06, 2016 at 09:04 AM

Hey Cameron. We know you don’t ever do you job. You u-turn. You ignore. You lie. You break promises but maybe this time you’ll do the thing you said you would. If not I suggest you stand down and call another election

Adrian Pricereply
April 06, 2016 at 09:04 AM

Press abuse is abuse. The Dowler family expect more honesty from the government not false promises.

Gary D Chancereply
April 06, 2016 at 09:04 AM

Phone hacking is just the thin wedge. #ToxicSurv in N Ken since Aug 1998 by UK & US gov incl USMC occupation of a civilian neighbourhood indefinitely 24/7/365 shows where phone hacking going unless agreed standards honoured. In fact, failure to honour standards assures all will get much, much worse.

Julie Frazer-Morrisreply
April 06, 2016 at 10:04 AM

Save some face Mr Cameron. Your party is failing on many many promises. Keep this one please

Neil Wolstenholmereply
April 06, 2016 at 11:04 AM

Yet another example of our PM breaking public promises and sacrificing the public interest in order to protect the commercial interests of his media friends and party donors. Enough is enough. Keep your promises or resign.

Annie Runnallsreply
April 06, 2016 at 11:04 AM

It seems that Mr Cameron and his government have done nothing to help victims of this abuse even after making promises to do so. The reinstatement of some of the newspaper employees to their old jobs must be such a slap in the face to those who were deeply affected by this whole scandal.

Don Reidreply
April 06, 2016 at 11:04 AM

Unaccountable to the very end.

Clare Londonreply
April 06, 2016 at 01:04 PM

Don’t give up!

Malcolm Whitmorereply
April 06, 2016 at 01:04 PM

The lack of action underlines everything wrong with our system of government where the press provide such a useful service to the party in power by their biasing news and sensations to meet the requrements of the government. This is a classic example and I will continue to ask for justice for the weak.

Patrick Tvilumreply
April 06, 2016 at 02:04 PM

Disgusting, A bad day for democracy in this country.. Shame on the press. Press showing they are just as bad as governments at concealing and deceiving the public when it is in their interest.

Muchael Dalereply
April 06, 2016 at 02:04 PM

You are quite right. When Cameron decided to ignore his promise to “unless it’s bonkers, implement Leveson”, the “dead cat” he threw out to mask his broken promise was gay marriage. As soon as he announced it every newspaper jumped on that story, so the promise was forgotten in the whirlwind of publicity re gay marriage which ensued. A sneaky dishonest trick. Ive lived in Australia for 25 years so new about the dead cat trick as it was over-used in Aus. I was appalled to see the overly trusting British public fall for it. Even my gay friends didn’t spot the true reason for Cameron’s support for gay marriage. You are kind to call these things broken promises. They were always meant to be broken. Let’s do everyone a service, speak plainly and call them lies.

Gordon Daviesreply
April 06, 2016 at 05:04 PM

At the time of the Leveson Enquiry David Cameron was asked if he would act on its recommendations. He said that if they were not “barking” he would implement them in full. Clearly, they were far from “barking”. On Andrew Marr the following Sunday, Maria Miller (then Culture Secretary) started making noises about how it was in everyone’s interest if the Press regulated itself. That indicated to me that nothing would be done, and so it would prove. So, come on Mr Cameron, prove you have some backbone!

Richard Parkerreply
April 06, 2016 at 06:04 PM

Broken promises are not only immoral, but can ruin people’s lives. Real change is needed.

Steve Barnettreply
April 06, 2016 at 06:04 PM

I wonder if our Prime Minister will be asking Google for “help to forget”. But seriously it is shameful that these promises were made to the public and forgotten as soon as convenient for those press moguls and politicians who need to realise that news is mostly online these days and no longer in the hands of their old school chums.

peter simcockreply
April 06, 2016 at 09:04 PM

David Cameron, keep your promises.
Implement section 40.

Ian Cooperreply
April 07, 2016 at 07:04 AM

As I remember Cameron promised to do everything Leveson proposed as long as it wasn’t crazy. he said the report was excellent but has done nothing to implement it. Some promise. It is high time he got busy and kept his promises. Too much time spent with press barons is his trouble.

Andy Jacksonreply
April 07, 2016 at 08:04 AM

Time for the government stand up and be counted. They will only deliver we if force them to be accountable, otherwise they will continue to cosy up the media moguls. Lest the government forget, they serve the nation, not the other way round.

Steve Clarkereply
April 07, 2016 at 10:04 AM

Cameron must be held to account and not cosy up with the Tories’ powerful friends in newspapers.

Julia Southallreply
April 07, 2016 at 04:04 PM

Sadly our country is corrupt. This is institutionalised, endemic and played out over long periods. Cameron is good at articulating the problems, painting pictures of a better Britain, giving in to calls for inquiries, taking a few steps towards improvement and then nudging the ball into very long grass. Britain could be so much better as a leading modern democracy with high standards. It is so squalid. Cameron achieves nothing but that is the idea: all a big con. Now watch the same happen over tax havens.

James Audenreply
April 07, 2016 at 05:04 PM

So tempting just to shrug. Broken promises from politicians? Is there anything else they do? Important not just to shrug. But all that’s required for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing (Edmund Burke, I think). Online petitions are almost, but significantly not quite, nothing.

Honour these promises.

Steve Coxreply
April 07, 2016 at 06:04 PM

Stop lying Cameron.

Allen Hallreply
April 08, 2016 at 03:04 PM

It will be interesting to see how story editors deal with the press reports of Helen / Rob situation in theAtchers.

Patrick Newmanreply
April 08, 2016 at 04:04 PM

Breaking promises is a defining characteristic of Cameron’s premiership.

jeff Higginsreply
April 08, 2016 at 04:04 PM

This is fundamental to Democracy, by his inaction David Cameron is showing his contempt for the system and the British electorate

Gavin Waddellreply
April 08, 2016 at 04:04 PM

The Leveson enquiry was of vital importance to our democracy and if it is allowed to be ignored the whole purpose of its vital findings will go into history unheeded !

John Lavenderreply
April 08, 2016 at 04:04 PM

Neither this Prime Minster nor his party can be relied upon to deliver on their promises. That he breaks his promises so blatantly, shows how little respect he has for the electorate. Remember this next time you vote.

Mervyn Barrreply
April 08, 2016 at 06:04 PM

This situation is disgraceful but so typical of Cameron who will say anything in the moment for popular support – only to renege on it later. He must be held to account to deliver on his high-sounding promises.
Democrats should run Britain not corrupt and biased newspaper proprietors chasing circulation and manipulating the democratic process.

Alan Brownreply
April 08, 2016 at 08:04 PM

We need the job completed

David Firmanreply
April 08, 2016 at 08:04 PM

It is the function of a free press in a democracy, or indeed any political system, to speak truth to power.

The majority of the print media in the UK represent the views and interests of a small group of proprietors, who in league with a section of our political class, have no interest in recognising or addressing the abuses that have arisen from their past behaviour.
Arguably, the greater influence on public opinion is the broadcast media, which is why that same group is intent on attacking the BBC – not because it is politically biased as they like to claim, but because it does not overtly represent their self interested world view.
When I met with my local MP – James Morris ( Cons Halesowen), at a ‘ Hacked Off’ event at the House of Commons last year, and to his credit he was one of very few conservative MPs who met with their constituents, I shared with him my concern that the Leveson outcomes would be brushed aside and that despite all that had happened, very soon it would be business as usual with the Murdochs in particular, back wielding their influence at the highest levels in government.
His response, and he appeared genuine, was ‘I don’t think that will happen’.
How naïve, mistaken, or just plain wrong could he be!

Stewart Faulknerreply
April 09, 2016 at 06:04 AM

Please stop saying one thing and doing another. Stick to your word.

Malcolm Brownreply
April 09, 2016 at 08:04 AM

This does not surprise me in the least, this being the normal way this government works. It would appear that friends are more important than the people of this country.

Harry Birdreply
April 09, 2016 at 12:04 PM

Mr Murdoch and his henchwoman Brooks Must be so please with you Prime Minister. Take a peek at the world outside his coat pocket and deliver what you promised, or were they just more mealy mouthed words designed to placate us plebs. From the heart of the most rotten corrupt establishment set of toadies in the world. You make me sick.

Vivien Lilleyreply
April 10, 2016 at 06:04 AM

As an expat living in Italy “was it ever thus?” is a phrase that resonates and makes me wonder if Cameron et al have sunk to same depths as the Italian political class/caste.

George Moorereply
April 10, 2016 at 07:04 AM

The self-interested influence of the Press barons over Government policy in this and other matters is causing increasing anger and disillusion amongst voters. Government of The Press, by The Press and for The Press is no substitute for the traditional definition of Democracy.

Delma Wardenreply
April 10, 2016 at 10:04 AM

In a truly democratic country our PM’s public promises would NOT have been sacrificed to protect the commercial interests of his party donors and media chums. Do the decent thing Mr Cameron without further delay and make a positive contribution to UK democracy.

Nigel Rawlingsreply
April 13, 2016 at 03:04 PM

Is there not a Parliamentary petition to get things moving? Now might be the time.

Rod Gillardreply
April 13, 2016 at 03:04 PM

Dennis Skinner is correct Dodgy Dave is what he is a crook in a sville row suit.

John Malcolmsonreply
April 13, 2016 at 03:04 PM

This is a disgrace. Despite all the rhetoric the Government is falling at every turn to deal effectively with the press. It really is time for both Government and Opposition to put up or shut up they can’t have it both ways. Whittingdale’s position is untenable and he must withdraw and be replaced now, no matter how much confidence Number 10 have in him after all it is down to the publics confidence.

Thomas Gardnerreply
April 13, 2016 at 03:04 PM

I have a simple question.

The newspapers in question decided not to publish because, they stated, it wasn’t in the public interest.

How can they justify this decision in light of the other stories, of a similar vein, they have run?

I will make no comment as to the role of the minister in question

Chris Slaterreply
April 13, 2016 at 03:04 PM

The press is trading favours in return for soft treatment. The BBC is so scared of politicians that it is hardly challenging them. Vested interests are have become judge & jury in their own cases. Is there no end to this corruption?

Alan Mansellreply
April 13, 2016 at 03:04 PM

Both Whittingdale and Cameron must see the perilous implications for democracy. The ‘Scandal’ is not in the Culture Secretaries’ private life but the potential interpretation of the Press having knowledge and his influence in their oversight.
It is called ‘Compromised’!!!

J P McConnell-Woodreply
April 13, 2016 at 03:04 PM

Can understand why the general public are so fed up with this lot. Unfortunately the referendum is so important that the result could be swung as a protest against the government rather than rational consideration ….whatever that is.

Jeffreply
April 13, 2016 at 03:04 PM

David Cameron, wii you keep your promises!

Geoffrey Watsonreply
April 13, 2016 at 03:04 PM

The Levison enquiry is in danger of being thrown into the long grass. Another scandal in the making.

Anne Coxreply
April 13, 2016 at 03:04 PM

I’m 69, was desperate to vote but couldn’t until age 25 when there was a general election and I voted with 18 year olds.
Women died so that I could vote but I wonder why I still do. Having travelled to former UK and European colonies and been horrified by the corruption—–Who taught them, I wonder? Even in Uganda people buy quality UK newspapers because they think they tell the truth. The wise old man we stayed with listened to the BBC World News. The Government even want to put their claws into the BBC. Might as well go and live in China!

bob mcclenningreply
April 13, 2016 at 03:04 PM

“Such a a parcel of rogues in a nation”.Robert Burns’s comment on the UK government over 200 years ago.Nothing changes.

Norman Huntingtonreply
April 13, 2016 at 03:04 PM

Sleazy politicians + sleazy newspapers = two fingers to justice and democracy

Jeff Pagereply
April 13, 2016 at 03:04 PM

This is only to be expected! I mean, who honestly believed that Cameron would dare oppose the press Barons and actually stick to his promise? He’ll learn a lesson some day, that’s for sure, but as far as he can, Cameron will bow to the press just in case they don’t back his side in the upcoming referendum. Cameron has given the capital city of this country away right from under the noses of the people, so he might just aswell kick them again. Unfortunately, Cameron shows us the class of person he really is, he couldn’t give a toss for ordinary people. Far too many people in authority will be exposed for what they are if Cameron were to keep his promise and he’ll keep as much as possible hidden away until he gets what he wants, namely, the backing of the press for his own benefit. After that he and his family will be on a plane out of this country he has done his share to destroy.

Colin Wardreply
April 13, 2016 at 03:04 PM

This is without doubt the most corrupt Britain has ever had.

Terry Stevensreply
April 13, 2016 at 03:04 PM

How much longer do we have to suffer this Corruption, Like Watergate it goes all the way to the top.

Andrew Jakewayreply
April 13, 2016 at 03:04 PM

Mr Cameron – the way you have handled the Leveson Enquiry has been evasive from the beginning. I am now starting to look forward to your retirement.

M Dale-Molloyreply
April 13, 2016 at 03:04 PM

Is nothing sacred? A promise is a promise and your government is breaking too many!

Kieran Duignanreply
April 13, 2016 at 03:04 PM

John Whittingdale’s conduct of is role in relation to the press (and BBC) is very unsatisfactory

Malcolm MacINTYRE-READreply
April 13, 2016 at 04:04 PM

What else do any of us expect from this Con Gov? Unless you are rich. And then you can buy your way into, or out of anything.
And for them to account to the rest of us taxPAYERS? Resignations? NO WAY. Vote of No Confidence, requiring 460 votes? Unlikely. Becoming a minority? With the continuing support of the Northern Irish Unionists difficult, but possible with a string of by-elections.
Which probably leaves Impeachment. And the way in which this lot make decisions by arrogance and dogma, rather than facts, could line up a number of court judgements… which would be a start… and brings us back to Broken Promises… and Junior Doctors.

Gerald Elvinreply
April 13, 2016 at 04:04 PM

I’m still worried by the amount of influence the Papers and Social media have over Government thinking, policies and actions. It can’t be “morally right ” for this sort of influence to affect the lives of hacked-into people. I would like the Leveson findings to be implemented in full.

Patricia Doylereply
April 13, 2016 at 04:04 PM

By this government Ministers have been given permission to do whatever they like – seemingly beyond our control, to quote Valmonte in Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Academies at a stroke for all schools, no discussion with the profession; the BBC to pick up the free licences for older viewers, and a Trust most likely to be selected by the government; cut this, cut that, destroy industry, force people into zero hours contracts – and on and on ……. There is nothing you can trust them with, and their words are weasel. They have to go before we can make this country democratic again, and decency and honesty can return.

Gerard Fisherreply
April 13, 2016 at 04:04 PM

This revelation about Whittingdale now makes sense. Now we know the reason for his indifference to the intimidation of Chris Bryant by the tabloids who threatened to expose details of his private life. This despite Chris Bryant’s open gay relationship being public knowledge.

Elizabeth Nesbittreply
April 13, 2016 at 04:04 PM

I am saddened that the press are still pulling governments strings and dictating the agenda! I feel for the victims who gave evidence at Levison, they were given empty promises. However I’m disgusted that the press use not in the public interest as an excuse for not publishing the story! Don’t insult our intelligence. Mr Whittingdale stated he ended the relationship after being informed that a story had been circulated! So the press must have approached him and done the deal! By his own admission!

Mr Webbreply
April 13, 2016 at 04:04 PM

We must press on with the intended direction of the Levenson Enquiry as soon as possible. Unfortunately we cannot trust Mr Cameron to implement this as promised.
Also we all must push to Leave The EU as another item we are concerned about.

Denis Rumboldreply
April 13, 2016 at 04:04 PM

Cameron, reverting to type. Once a PR man always a PR man. Say one thing to get people to vote for you, do as you like when in power! Sickening.

Alan A B Hillreply
April 13, 2016 at 04:04 PM

It is obvious that the “Tory Government” cannot be trusted, all they a doing is to paying off the “Press Barons” for helping them win the last two elections & keeping them onside for a third.

Peter Stevensreply
April 13, 2016 at 04:04 PM

Implement section 40. Keep your promises Mr Cameraon.

Anne Bebbingtonreply
April 13, 2016 at 04:04 PM

I am always willing to contact my MP but unfortunately the reply is the party line. As she is a junior minister she does not want to upset the apple cart. I can almost write her reply as I am pressing send for the email. It has been the same since she became an MP. I think this is sad that she doesn’t have a mind of her own.

Rowan Roenischreply
April 13, 2016 at 04:04 PM

Don’t believe the media when they say they are now ‘behaving themselves’ by holding back on publishing stories about Whittingdale’s private life….this is just another case of the blackmail and pressure used by the media to ensure that Leveson 2 doesn’t happen and that proper independent regulation by Royal Commission never happens. We must fight even harder to implement all of Leveson.

Dennis Maiseyreply
April 13, 2016 at 04:04 PM

Mr Cameron promised to do everything Leveson proposed, keep your promises.Implement section 40.

Stephen R Gabrielreply
April 13, 2016 at 04:04 PM

So many words Cameron and so little action. You are contemptuous of the very people you are supposed to represent, the public. You waste million of pounds on enquiries that you then go on to ignore.

kennreply
April 13, 2016 at 04:04 PM

Was all that work, all that money, all that time, all that paper for nothing?
It’s a pity we can’t send Cameron & co to a desert island with nothing but the Leverson report to read … and a threat to leave them their until they can recite every last word of it from memory.

P Dukereply
April 13, 2016 at 04:04 PM

I cannot believe this Government is still in power after all the devious instances they seem to be trying to excuse and renege on previous commitments. When will we wake up and realise it isn’t the everyday people they are looking after. Greed doesn’t begin to adequately describe it.

Virginia Lynchreply
April 13, 2016 at 04:04 PM

When a story runs and runs, as the Government’s cold-shouldering of Leveson has, it starts to have a stale feeling, people lose interest, and it is forgotten. This is exactly what the Government hopes will happen: the Leveson report will be kicked into the long grass and forgotten. Although I do not approve of a salacious interest in other people’s private life, however important their role in public life, the mini scandal around John Whittingdale is an opportunity for Hacked Off and its supporters to bring Leveson and the Government’s prevarication back into full public view. Well done the team at Hacked Off. I have admired you for your persistence and will continue to support you in every way I can.

Nigel Nuttallreply
April 13, 2016 at 04:04 PM

So much for a democratic society

Trevor Hiscoxreply
April 13, 2016 at 04:04 PM

The public don’t trust you Mr Cameron, stop the hype, keep your promises and implement section 40 now.

John Annablereply
April 13, 2016 at 04:04 PM

Perhaps the government should be given a dictionary so they can look up what the word promise means. The English dictionary : A declaration or assurance that one will do something or that a particular thing will happen:

Robertreply
April 13, 2016 at 04:04 PM

WHY AM I NOT SURPRISED?! If Cameron would join something as elitist as the Bullingdon Club, we shouldn’t be suprised when he fails to back reforms that favour the ordrinary voter over his well-connected jouralistic and party cronies!! 🙁

Brenda Ballreply
April 13, 2016 at 05:04 PM

Implement section 40 don’t make false promises you know you’ll evade

Heather Brownreply
April 13, 2016 at 05:04 PM

Those who are determined to tip the balance decisively in favour of the rich and powerful don’t do so in one big move. Instead they shift a little something here, take away a small something there – and so on, until popular, hard-won gains have all been taken away. This is another example of how it’s done.

Stephen T Lewisreply
April 13, 2016 at 05:04 PM

Mr Cameran – you need to sack this Culture Secretary, as he is reported as being a back pedaling, press friendly individual.. Then you need to move fast on Leverson implementation – if you yourself want to escape.

M Fitzgeraldreply
April 13, 2016 at 05:04 PM

I am afraid Cameron is to cosy with Murdoch and Brooks to be interested in what the public think or would like to see happen, the sooner he and his cronies are kicked out the better

Michael Buoeyreply
April 13, 2016 at 05:04 PM

It is time to implement section 40 and the promises that were made.

Chris J Smithreply
April 13, 2016 at 05:04 PM

Mr Cameron keep your promise’s…Implement section 40.

Geoff Mayreply
April 13, 2016 at 05:04 PM

There is a stench emanating from Westminster Mr Cameron, it seems to be comming from YOU.
Corruption Stinks!

Richard Craggreply
April 13, 2016 at 05:04 PM

Leaving British cultural policy in the hands of a rabid free marketeer like John Whittingdale has been a disgrace right across his department’s brief. Leaving Leveson in his hands has been a particularly disastrous action by David Cameron and both should be ashamed of the reverses they have overseen. If the government does not implement Section 40 in the very near future, I would suggest Hacked Off should consult lawyers with a view to court action. I’ll chip in.

Rosalind Wilkinsonreply
April 13, 2016 at 06:04 PM

Whittingdale is obviously now a poodle of the press barons and his position is therefore untenable. Cameron’s judgement has, once again, proved highly questionable, appointing Andy Coulson was bad enough but to keep Whittingdale in a position of influence over press regulation, whilst being subject to the whims of the likes of Murdoch and Brooks, beggars belief. When Mr and Mrs Cameron attended the Christmas party of Rupert Murdoch, it was a real slap in the face of all those poor victims of press abuse. Shame on the lot of them.

Brianreply
April 13, 2016 at 06:04 PM

Perhaps the gutter press got the idea to act like the mafia from the day murdochs son was asked if he had seen the godfather movie at leverson

Dave Servantreply
April 13, 2016 at 06:04 PM

this government has lost sight of looking after the interests of the majority of its citizens. Instead it is promoting the interests of a group who we have seen cannot be trusted.

Sue – Peteroboroughreply
April 13, 2016 at 06:04 PM

It is beyond belief that the media think they’re capable of self-regulation when in fact it’s a few very wealthy people at the top of the newspapers who are running the show. Given all that’s gone on with the Panama Papers, is it surprising that they still think themselves above the law and regulation? As far as they’re concerned, money talks and that the way they wish it to stay – in all things. I’m sorry to sound so cynical but time and again this government and big business proves it to be right – they are a law unto themselves in all things. I think there should be a vote of no confidence in this government and they should leave office. There has been one U-turn after another, countless broken promises and on top of all that, nefarious affairs with government ministers making rules that favour themselves and large corporations to squirrel money away without having to declare their activities until pushed to the limit. How much more must a government do to prove to the public that they are not fit for office???

robert vinesreply
April 13, 2016 at 06:04 PM

Please mr Cameron put the honour back in the right honorable.

Bill Mahoodreply
April 13, 2016 at 06:04 PM

It is time for the Government to be open about it intentions concerning Leveson and particularly those parts that have not yet been implemented. When the Government makes this clear then we, the public, can respond and say if we agree or not.

Rob Walkerreply
April 13, 2016 at 06:04 PM

Interesting to know when John Whittingdale’s relationship was first known to the press. And whether this ‘Sex Worker’ was paid for the information in the same way as the ‘hooker’ with the video was paid £20,000 to film Max Mosely – another case ‘not in the public interest’ but somehow getting there anyway. The question remains how this story was originally compiled and presented for any publishing interest. Surely the fact it was packaged and marketed within Fleet Street is enough to question why there was suddenly this wave of collective conscience that applied constraint and not published because it was not ‘in the public interest’.
The answer looks suspiciously like blackmail.

Robert Reynoldsreply
April 13, 2016 at 06:04 PM

Those who can, protest! But until we have REAL democracy, in agreed equal partnership, people and leaders and planet will continue to be dragged-down by conflict of interest, to the bitter end. How much more evidence needed?

Rod BRADFORDreply
April 13, 2016 at 06:04 PM

Keep up the pressure on this corrupt Government.

Les Leesreply
April 13, 2016 at 06:04 PM

Why do we not trust politicians? It’s people like you Mr. Cameron, people like you … prove me wrong, if you’ve the courage; after all, you’re resigning before the next election- or would an action of integrity and honesty spoil whatever deal you’ve made for your “retirement”?

Susan Gassawayreply
April 13, 2016 at 07:04 PM

No wonder we don’t trust ANY politician these days. A sad reflection of life today… :((

Pat Carlenreply
April 13, 2016 at 07:04 PM

Must just keep fighting to get Leveson implemented.

Lynne Whittemorereply
April 13, 2016 at 07:04 PM

The government repeatedly tells us what we want to hear suggesting that everything in the garden will be forever rosy, they’re in charge and of course you know you can take them at their word – as soon as our backs are turned all their golden promises are magically reversed. They have no shame.

HONOUR your promises and implement all of Leveson – Mr Cameron.
We want to know what really went on between the politicians, press and the police – and that it won’t ever happen again.

M M H Sewellreply
April 13, 2016 at 07:04 PM

We need a powerful independent body that can both defend the press when it seeks to expose politician’s and governments defects ,deficiencies, lies and corruption and also protect politicians from intrusive stories which may be of interest to the public but are not in the public interest or really must be made public in the interests of good government – Leveson plus not Leveson lite!.

alan brooksreply
April 13, 2016 at 07:04 PM

History will judge you very harshly Mr. Cameron if bend your knee to Murdoch.

Derek Edwardsreply
April 13, 2016 at 07:04 PM

I agree with Gavin Waddell’s comments ,quote

“The Leveson enquiry was of vital importance to our democracy and if it is allowed to be ignored the whole purpose of its vital findings will go into history unheeded !”
I would also add, what about the case of the unfortunate Mille Dowler. Come on Cameron the least you can do is ensure the recommendations by the Leveson Report are fully implemented, before the end of your career as PM

Anonreply
April 13, 2016 at 08:04 PM

It is pathetic that a minister can shelve the action of the law in this respect, and the Prime Minister just shuffles the deckchairs.
We need something more robust than a ‘suspendable’ Section 40…. designed for ministerial intervention, no doubt.
Whittingdale in suspenders! A delightful prospect.
Judicial review, perhaps?

Mr Kenneth Gouldreply
April 13, 2016 at 08:04 PM

Mr Cameron, don’t be like other prime ministers of past days, stick to your word. Levenson legislation is far too important to add water to the mix, Part 2 of Levenson must be passed by Parliament and added into law. Don’t delay, act today.

Bruce Dicksonreply
April 13, 2016 at 09:04 PM

If our little but Sarajevo-like IN/OUT filibust masks the real debate on US hegemony becoming US deficit becoming global implosion, will Leveson-free control-by-amoral-press aka IPSO keep the sickness going too long for any cure to happen ever? Not least, as EHN shows, endocrine disruption, sperm count change and endometriosis, agrichem diets, water quality, DNA degradation, sick meme-infection and kleptocracy are the headlines an ethical press would be bannering.

Hacked Off carries the only cheery message for the century: Leveson 2 rules, now, please.

Colin Smithreply
April 13, 2016 at 09:04 PM

Saying one thing because it’s good PR, doing something else because it’s only right! That’s my motto… D Cameron

Roger Boultonreply
April 13, 2016 at 09:04 PM

Cameron is not interested in morals, ethics or principles and this is exemplified by his ‘management’ of the out-turn of the Leveson enquiry. The ‘top table’ of Tory toffs are hand-in-hand with the media moguls and, consequently, they will drag their feet as long as possible so that nothing is done. Shades of the shameful delay in the independent report on Iraq!
Now we have the embarrassing stance taken by our Cultural (sic) Secretary who is blind to his position despite having a relationship which certain media has kept under wraps which undoubtedly was done so that they could use it against him in the future – accepting that this will not happen now that the matter has been made public.

Dr. M A Jabbarreply
April 13, 2016 at 09:04 PM

He should resign immediately.

Stevie Oceanreply
April 13, 2016 at 09:04 PM

Look the law is meant for all without exception no excuses the leveson report makes that very clear

Pip rylandreply
April 13, 2016 at 10:04 PM

Tories seldom have any ethics. It can be their motto “We say what you want to hear but we do as our masters bid us and what in the long run lines our pockets.”
I am deeply disturbed by the gullibility of those who vote for them .

RBHoughtonreply
April 13, 2016 at 11:04 PM

Government shooting itself in the foot.

Protecting the MSM from its subscribers simply speeds the transfer of news provision from government’s business friends to the myriad new “one man and his cellphone” digital news services.

Everlie Turpinreply
April 14, 2016 at 05:04 AM

Mr Wittingdale must go !

David Curranreply
April 14, 2016 at 06:04 AM

Implement Leveson. Do what’s right.

Terry Tattersallreply
April 14, 2016 at 06:04 AM

Why do we expect politicians to keep promises that are not in THEIR interests. Time to get rid of professional politicians and let honest people do the job according to conscience.

Mel Moorereply
April 14, 2016 at 06:04 AM

When THEY really come for you, Mr Cameron, who will intercede?

Richard Westonreply
April 14, 2016 at 06:04 AM

Going to be a dodgy Dave or will you keep you promise on this one. If you are going to retain a shred of credibility you need to stand by your word, at least once!

Ted thomasreply
April 14, 2016 at 07:04 AM

Dangerous times for British politics at a time when we also get to hear of the extent of tax avoidance/evasion.

Robertreply
April 14, 2016 at 07:04 AM

Implement section 40 and keep your promises Mr Cameraon!

Derek.reply
April 14, 2016 at 07:04 AM

I am surprised and disappointed that no-one has commented on John Whittingdale’s debt to the Murdoch empire effecting the BBC do badly. I have wondered why Whittingdale has been so negative towards the world’s best broadcaster and now we can see he owes a huge favour to Murdoch for keeping his sordid secret, a secret. He should resign.

Frank Northreply
April 14, 2016 at 08:04 AM

I am surprised that everyone is surprised at the turn of events regarding the Leveson Report. The Conservatives have always supported their own. One nation conservatism? Don’t make me laugh!!

cyril phillipsreply
April 14, 2016 at 08:04 AM

why are we so surprised? The real shock would be if it is fully implemented, Too many PM’s have fallen under the influence of Mr Sun. Probably Dave is having instruction from Tony on how to amass millions of lovely money and advice on where to INVEST it.

Mike Phillipsreply
April 14, 2016 at 08:04 AM

The government, and the press, simply cannot see that it is precisely this sort of behaviour that weakens the case for ‘freedom of the press’. Pendulums always swing too far, and the next time such a scandal erupts the public is likely to call for restrictions on this ‘freedom’ that perhaps many of us may not want.

Richard Addisonreply
April 14, 2016 at 08:04 AM

All the fine words uttered by Cameron were before 2015 when the Liberals were the junior partners in the government. He will have been reacting then to public disgust at press activity and to Liberal pressure inside the government for reform. Now he doesn’t have to listen to anyone. Most members of the public probably assume (if they think about it at all) that the Leveson inquiry is now law, and the Liberals have been cast aside. So does anyone seriously think a Conservative government is going to move against its supporters in the press any more than it has to?

Andy Stevensonreply
April 14, 2016 at 08:04 AM

Further proof the Government is hand in glove with the press and not willing to take further action. Based on the reactions I heard on the radio, the press apologists are claiming the story is a non event inspired by the left wing BBC, and other sections of the print media. Utter rubbish.

Dave Mitchellreply
April 14, 2016 at 08:04 AM

What else do you expect, it would be too much to expect politicians to keep their word !

FERRIS NEWTONreply
April 14, 2016 at 08:04 AM

THANKS TO THE ‘ARISTOCRATIC’ ARROGANCE OF THIS NAKEDLY PARTIZAN GOVERNMENT, THE RICH AND POWERFUL KNOW THAT THEY CAN PLEASE THEMSELVES AND PROFIT IMMORALLY .

David and Betty Tilfordreply
April 14, 2016 at 09:04 AM

Leveson should be implemented in full without further delay. The latest ‘events’ involving the current Culture Secretary bring the importance of the matter into even closer focus.

Martin Hoylereply
April 14, 2016 at 09:04 AM

Why I wonder does Cameron give the impression of not actually knowing what reality is. Perhaps because for him work has never been necessary in the sense of worry over paying the monthly mortgage/rent, replace growing children’s clothes, balancing bills for services and food… He has had no more urgent or demanding work than PR for commercial TV: a historically non-existent, self-perpetuating, artificially created “profession” spawned by the phenomenon that was famously and gleefully hailed as “a licence to print money” when it was first introduced into this country. Glib and oleaginous statements from a man who knows no better. No surprise that his legislators go a-whoring after strange gods. Or possibly just after strange whores (a quotation, Cameron).

Ken BRUNTONreply
April 14, 2016 at 09:04 AM

This is indefensible; Dodgy dave is at it again. His friend (LOL) and neighbour brooks is back in post, after her £12m payoff for destroying all the evidence; books’s boss, that little turd murdoch, is calling the shots all over again, but as usual. cameron and his pals were all at murdoch’s Xmas party.
I ask you, when will the great British Public have had enough of these political sh1ts masquarading as our ‘leaders’? They DO NOT have our interests at heart; they are self centered, greedy and probably mostly corrupt.
For goodness sake get these rotten tories out and let the decent Corbyn have a go.

BRIANreply
April 14, 2016 at 09:04 AM

PM Cameron – you have already made too many U-Turns , honour your commitments on press regulation and so leave something of a legacy before you move on to the EU or UN or wherever !B

Ken BRUNTONreply
April 14, 2016 at 09:04 AM

I just do not understand how the tories ever get elected, much like the Repugnicants in the US. Honestly, why do people vote for them? It really is like turkeys voting for Xmas.
We need some sort of revolution to return power to the People, for the People and by the People.
The follow on and effects of Leverson are execrable and utterly inexcusable. Leverson did a good job, clearly too good for these clowns cameron, whittingdale et al. I think we know what whittingdale is by the way he was down in the dirt.

Martin Dominicreply
April 14, 2016 at 10:04 AM

The capacity of the political long grass to conceal much more delayed action, on a range of issues, must be very limited. The ongoing delay in fulfilling the commitments regarding the Leveson report makes a person suspicious and fearful about the influence of non elected parties in the back ground having undue influence.

Richard O’Gradyreply
April 14, 2016 at 10:04 AM

Democracy is dead in this Country. 1.5 Million and more not registered to vote, ruled by a Party with ONLY 38% of the vote. Big Business calling the shots in what can and cannot be made LAW. Heaven help us, the all to silent majority.

fred treply
April 14, 2016 at 10:04 AM

words fail me how low they can go down to

Janis Endersreply
April 14, 2016 at 10:04 AM

I think that we need a revolution. We are being led by the nose to the slaughter house.
Just keep the plebs happy and they won’t revolt seems to be the politicians credo.
We all know about the corruption and greed of our leaders but seem quite unable to do anything to effect change.

Chris Donovanreply
April 14, 2016 at 11:04 AM

Where does any Culture Secretary get the Power to Unilaterally behave as John Whittingdale has done? This surely must be the most relevant question even though I agree his current position is compromised by what has been revealed. Here lies the REAL principle. Precisely what principle gives him the right to act unilaterally on what has been agreed by both sides of the House of Commons. IT IS OUR GOVERNMENT AND NOT HIS!! For that alone he needs to be called to account – the rest is simply the obvious consequence of an already unprincipled position. British Governance!?? Hightime it is overhauled from Top to Bottom!

R.L. Boothreply
April 14, 2016 at 12:04 PM

Typical of corrupt politicians. Say one thing to keep you happy and do the opposite behind their backs !!.

Margaret Malcolmreply
April 14, 2016 at 12:04 PM

Oh! dear, this is not a surprise. So many politicians have had careers in the media and editors have links throughout the government. This and the number of high ranking police getting jobs with newspapers when they retire plus lots of other indications such as who is married to who, which family they come from etc.etc. shows us that these people are working for solely themselves – not the good of society. They think the populous is nothing but a collection of fools. Too many ordinary people vote these people in. That’s what needs to change.

Dr Michael Condonreply
April 14, 2016 at 01:04 PM

If you fail to live up to your promises and undertakings to the electorate, there will be a strong odour of chicanery or cowardice around. Be the honourable politician you claim to be and fulfill your promises.

Diane Soyereply
April 14, 2016 at 01:04 PM

Cameron says one thing and does another. He has done it so often it has become almost mundane. He is an affront to our democracy and treats the voters with contempt.

Joyce and James Whitereply
April 14, 2016 at 02:04 PM

Why Cameron can stand by and let this happen. I wonder what Leveson will be thinking.

Professor Michael R W Brownreply
April 14, 2016 at 02:04 PM

The Leveson enquiry must be completed. The public is informed by a mostly right wing press, dominated by right wing owners influencing our perception of the world and who have been shown to be very unscrupulous.

Janet Phillipsreply
April 14, 2016 at 03:04 PM

I am supporting your campaign, but do not believe that Whittingdale’s activities should have been publicised, and do not feel that you are doing the campaign any favours by arguing that it should have been. What happened, and what Levinson reported on was wrong, but you cannot argue that publicising Whittingdale is right and at the same time condemn what the Press has done to the victims of this affair.

Micheal Fureyreply
April 14, 2016 at 03:04 PM

Why am I not surprised at these shifty moves by the Money Party? I never set out my life to be sceptical of politicians; I’ve known quite a few in my 80+ years but never yet have I been so full of disgust. I used to be told not to hate them because fear is a large element of hate. So I don’t hate them but, by all I hold dear, I despise them. They have the lowest morals that I know of. I’m almost in despair that the people of this country continually support them.

DEREK MARTINreply
April 14, 2016 at 03:04 PM

What’s more important, Dave, the preferences of the wealthy owners of the (mainly right wing) newspapers, or fairness for the public in general? Surely we should not waste much of Lord Leveson’s efforts.

Derek Taylorreply
April 15, 2016 at 10:04 AM

I am a lefty but I respected John Whittingdale to a degree for his handling of the Leveson Enquiry. And then he started to weaken the BBC and inflict damage in spite of its being perhaps the best and most trusted broadcaster in the world. I began to wonder why anyone would want to do this to such a revered and unique institution which genuinely (for all its weaknesses) adds enormously to the pleasure of living in Britain.

And now I know. It was a reward to Rupert and News International, not just for supporting the Tories politically, but even more in fear of the blackmail hold they had on Whittingdale.

They are destroying the very integrity of the nation.

Seanreply
April 15, 2016 at 12:04 PM

Leveson part 2 must take place: its remit involves, in effect, police collusion in the harassment of members of the public, by the press: and that is one of the reasons why Whittingdale and the Government, in general, has ‘forgotten’ about it.

David Cameron is part of this: he is, after all, a former PR Boy, well endowed with qualities of superficiality: skilled at making the right noises, which amount to nothing.

The unhealthy, incestuous relationship between the press and body politic needs to be ended: without it this country will be a far better place to live, far more able to deal with the real issues that present this society.

Ronald Hartleyreply
April 15, 2016 at 02:04 PM

The present press regulatory body is an organisation set up by and controlled by the press itself. It was precisely this form of biased self-regulation that led to the Leveson Enquiry in the first case. The Press showed then it cannot adequately protect the public from its own misdemeanours and must not be allowed to repeat the same mistake, for their sake, and ours.

Stephen Barberreply
April 15, 2016 at 07:04 PM

Mr Cameron, you must live up to the promises you made after the Leveson inquiry. You said you had learned lessons. Let’s see the sings that you have.

richardreply
April 17, 2016 at 10:04 AM

Tinker Tailor Soldier eton

Terry Antonreply
April 17, 2016 at 04:04 PM

We have to stay positive and keep going public eventually someone with an ounce of decency will listen,take care all xx

Tom Ronanreply
April 18, 2016 at 03:04 PM

They just everyone to forget everything they promised the victims of press abuse. It`s more proof that you cannot believe a word that Cameron says.
The press are manipulative bullies that need to be faced down….well done HO for keeping on keeping on!

Commodore Graham Peach RNreply
April 19, 2016 at 04:04 PM

Shame on you Cameron; shame and shame again on you for being such a weak little man at a time when your country demands strong leadership from its PM to deter a recidivist abusing Press. You are without doubt spineless and – for having failed yet again to keep your word – ethically bankrupt. Man up and do what we, your ’employers’, expect of you: to make your word your bond, as a man of honour … not to cow and fawn pathetically before your private sector pals in the murky and seedy filth that is our 5th Estate. Man up, man! Grow a pair! Do your duty with honour … or stand aside (like a complete failure and an embarrassment to your great office) as a spineless toady. This country deserves – and we, your ‘bosses’, demand – a PM with the cojones to do the right thing about Leveson implementation; and, right NOW, that’s not you!

Alan Taylorreply
July 18, 2016 at 05:07 PM

It’s a travesty that this has gone for far too long, just who is pulling the strings, I think we can all have a good quess.

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