November 29th, 2012

Leveson Wants Ex-Brown Adviser to Regulate the Press

The Leveson Report suggests Ofcom could soon wield considerable power over the press. It is recommended that the new regulatory body will be ‘validated’ by Ofcom, the government is to consider allowing Ofcom to regulate newspapers that refuse to join or even becoming the regulatory body itself if the new system fails. So who is the man in charge of Ofcom?

Ed Richards is a former adviser Gordon Brown, who worked in a small office with just the former PM and his PA. He was also a senior policy adviser to Tony Blair. The Guardian describe him as having a background “rooted in New Labour”. Now he could well be the guardian of the guardians. Do we really want Gordon Brown’s henchman in charge of regulating the press?


  1. 1
    Harman is a proven a LIAR by a judge lead inquiry says:

    So will Harriet Harman apologise to the house for blackening the name of Jeremy hunt?

    “Deputy Labour Leader Harriet Harman says the Culture Secretary “evidently” misled Parliament over his dealings with Murdoch’s BSkyB and should resign for breaking the ministerial code. ”

  2. 2
    not a machine reloaded says:

    “it is the right thing to do ” er computer says NO ……

  3. 3
    Alexsandr says:

    who cares about the dead tree press. it will be largely gone in a few years. And then it will be all internet based, so sites like this (and others to be created) will be irrelevant to any UK regulation or Offcom.

  4. 4
    Jimmy says:

    Our man. Good.

  5. 5
    Empty Librarian says:

    Yes ‘cos he’ll fuck it up like the Gordo experiment.

  6. 6
    Leroy Jenkins says:

    Sorry, I don’t believe he worked in a small office with Gordon Brown. I mean look at him, he has no facial scars, his head is still attached to his shoulders and his arms look suspiciously non ripped off!

  7. 7
    Kebab Time says:

    He can fuck off as well.

  8. 8
    Bovis Barrat says:

    Oh come off it, you can’t throw a brick in a QUANGO office without hitting at least a glancing blow off a dozen New Labour apparatchiks.

    It would be news if they’d nominated someone who wasn’t…

  9. 9
    Lord Jensen Interceptor says:

    This c*unt Leveson is worse than any newspaper.

  10. 10
    Tom Watson says:


  11. 11
    Black Cab says:


  12. 12
    IMHO says:

    Dead tree press, dead tree report (made from dead tree pulp).

  13. 13
    Lord Stansted says:

    Hear! Hear! Like most people these days, what I want (or need) to know I get from the Internet. Yeah, but there’s lots of ribbish on the net. Agreed, but then there’s lots of rubbish in the Press and especially on the BBC.

  14. 14
    Ctesibius says:


  15. 15
    Anonymous says:

    Good choice so he will turn up as regular as Gordon does to Westminster then money for nothing!

  16. 16
    Alexsandr says:

    apologies. Guido has already said this:-

    Link was on hit site too.

  17. 17
    as per usual says:

    So, Leveson is a total non-event. Cameron, doubtless at 3pm, will stand up and say something stupid to grasp defeat from the jaws of victory again

  18. 18
    Anonymous says:

    Leveson wasn’t investigating any ministers, it wasn’t part of his remit as he has already said. His comments were an observation. We never had an investigation into Mr. Hunt or PM or any other ministers or even ex PMs and ex ministers.

  19. 19
    Terrible But True says:

    What the BBC wants, Leveson gets.

    What Leveson wants, the BBC gets.

    Got it?

    Goo… er… oh well, that’s one less in the frame next when the latest DG implodes in a shower of doubloons.

  20. 20
    Steve Miliband says:

    Is the Mail online going to be ‘regulated’ oris it just the paper?

  21. 21
    Anonymous says:

    The judge’s position will undermine David Cameron’s refusal to order a Whitehall investigation into the Culture Secretary’s conduct in relation to the News Corporation bid for full control of BSkyB.

    Sources said that Lord Leveson, who is carrying out a public inquiry into media standards, “does not consider himself to be the arbiter of the code”.

    The judge has turned down a request from Mr Hunt to bring forward his session, “in the interests of fairness to all”, a spokesman for the inquiry said on Friday night.

  22. 22
    Anonymous says:

    As much as Brian attempted to tell us that his proposal is not the State regulating the press, it is as close to it as would be possible at this time. He wants us to have the press regulated by a statutory quango, with a State appointed board and no operational representation from the press at all.

    Whilst Brian tells us that his new system is “voluntary”, he also wants non conformists to be viewed by the State as negligent in their duty and liable for financial penalties. There is no difference between this and full – fledged State control, bar the optics of the new regulator.

    Brian’s idea that this system will help to enhance press freedom is ludicrous. State appointees will regulate what is in “the public interest”, and as we all know, the vast majority of State appointees (regardless of political color) believe that the State is in “the public interest”. Whilst the new regulator will commence with little fanfare and will have very little impact over the next few years, it will, over time, become less and less “independent” (as anti – State voices (if any are appointed) are marginalized and removed). We have seen how quangos and bodies of this sort are easily manipulated into following a specific agenda; which is in the main increasing State control.

    Apart from the obvious fact that over time the new regulator will follow a Statist interpretation of “the public interest” due to the appointees, there will be, in a few years, some scandal involving the press that will allow a future government to amend the legislation to include licensing or more overt methods of State control. Brian is a fool if he believes otherwise. He is typical of the self – obsessed and egotistical individuals who believe that they can divine a perfect system of control and regulation. His comments that “this issue has been raised seven times in seventy years” and that his report will finally put it to bed are an illustration of this. It is inevitable we will have future press scandals and there will be a call for more and more regulation. When the optics of such a move are improved (fueled by any future scandal), we will see harsher and harsher controls.

    You cannot trust anyone who believes that a common law freedom (such as the right to free speech or free publishing) should be enshrined in law. The “obligations” that the State will demand for “guaranteeing” these rights will be such that our common law freedoms are restricted and controlled by the State Leviathan.

  23. 23
    Steve Miliband says:

    Will Hacked Off be Fucked Off?

  24. 24
    Stefan Pughe-O'Meara (Captain) says:

    Get then evil Torys for what they did to Millie, someone else and Haether!

  25. 25
    Jimmy says:

    Works for me.

  26. 26
    grotblik says:

    “Do we really want Gordon Brown’s henchman in charge of regulating the press?” – Not really – look what they did to the Treasury and FSA.

  27. 27
    IMHO says:

    I could be wrong but I have a sneaking suspicion that Lord Leveson has never heard of the WWW and would need to get an I.T expert in to configure his voice mail if he ever took the plunge and switched from just a land line.

  28. 28
    Steve Miliband says:

    What was the question again?

  29. 29
    Mine d'Boggles says:

    Remind me about the bonfire of the Quangos, please.

  30. 30
    stroppycow says:

    Hey -think I just worked out the anagram in your name – is it – I talk utter bollocks? Just asking…

  31. 31
    IMHO says:

    Have you stopped beating your Wife?. (Yes/No tick boxes only).

  32. 32
    Bluto says:

    Well said.

  33. 33
    Bluto says:

    Is Ed Richards a Common Purpose graduate?

    Join the dots.

  34. 34
    Darran says:

    Handing regulation over to Ofcom is tantamount to delivering the free press into the merciful hands of the BBC. You really can’t make this stuff up can you? What did we expect from a judge though? Common sense?

  35. 35
    Sam sung says:

    Is that a Nokia dent in the forehead I before thee.

    With fake tan like that he looks more like one of Mandlescums henchmen!

  36. 36
    only suggeting says:

    Surely your name should be

    Ugly Harman is a proven to be a bitch of a LIAR by a judge lead inquiry


  37. 37
    Peter Grimes says:

    He is quite pretty though. Perhaps McMong fancied him.

  38. 38
    (I've been renamed) DA-Notice says:

    F**k that!

  39. 39
    gordon shitte-brown says:

    ‘scuse me jack, i’m fucking your wife

  40. 40
    gordon shitte-brown says:

    hand picked gay twat, like jimmy from the blog

  41. 41
    Pipe dream says:

    Millipede said he accepted the recs in full and thought Ofcom was just the ticket for all this, but Cam said he thought it would be much better to stop centralising power in one organisation and look for something else. So it looks like the Ofcom idea may well be off.

  42. 42
    The savant8.5 says:

    No. But he probably invented the liverpool. Care pathway

    For all. Recalcitrants who are tired of living .

  43. 43
    Chris Briant says:

    Anyone know his phone number?

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