Leveson, the royal charter and entrenchment

The BBC is reporting that the three main UK political parties have struck a deal on press regulation. What is now clear is that the body responsible for recognising the new regulator will be established by royal charter and will not be underpinned by statute law in the way that Lord Justice Leveson advocated in his report. What is less clear is whether the proposal can nevertheless be said to amount in some other sense to “statutory underpinning”. David Cameron says that there is to be no statutory underpinning; Ed Milliband says there is. These flatly contradictory statements are explicable … Continue reading Leveson, the royal charter and entrenchment