Liars exposed! Why has nobody been sacked yet?

Ian Hislop pointed out last night on Have I Got News For You that this does not augur well for press freedom, as Maria Miller is now in charge of overseeing the press under the new rules. Clearly she sees these regulations as a means of protecting herself, and the fact that Cameron has not sacked her or Oliver because of the threats indicates that he too believes that the political infringement of the freedom of the press is entirely acceptable. Remember – Cameron comes from PR, so he has absolutely no qualms about spin, and the government has already passed the gagging law. Miller’s and Oliver’s threats aren’t just another example of government corruption and the politicians’ double standards, where fraud is only criminal if it’s done by members of the public – the ‘little people’. It’s also another blow against the freedom of the press, as this government gradually chips away at our fundamental freedoms.

Mike Sivier's blog

Questions to answer: Maria Miller, the minister for evasion, cannot be expected to respond. She obstructed Parliament's inquiry into her expenses claims and her eventual apology for her misdeeds lasted just 32 seconds. Questions to answer: Maria Miller, the minister for evasion, cannot be expected to respond. She obstructed Parliament’s inquiry into her expenses claims and her eventual apology for her misdeeds lasted just 32 seconds.

This blog asked yesterday whether Downing Street communications chief Craig Oliver was a liar, an incompetent, or both after he denied that government officers threatened the Daily Telegraph with tougher press regulation if it published its investigation into Maria Miller’s expenses.

It turns out he was both.

The Telegraph has now published a recording of the conversation between reporter Holly Watt and Miller’s advisor Joanna Hindley, on which its allegations are based. There can be no doubt that the reporter did indeed have Leveson held over her (corruptly); there can be little doubt that this was done at the request of Miller; and there can be no doubt at all that Mr Oliver knew about it.

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