As the prospect of another public inquiry into press ethics looms, perhaps we can make a little suggestion?
We don’t mean to tell Lord Leveson his business, of course, but it always seemed strange to us that the world of PR was excluded from the first edition. If you’re trying to understand the interplay between the press, celebrities, politicians and the police, Public Relations struck us as being a pretty essential piece of the puzzle.
Not least because the most influential PR man in Britain, Matthew Freud, was:
1/ A Chipping Norton neighbour of Leveson stars Rebekah and Charlie Brooks, David Cameron and Raisa the police horse
2/ The PR man for phone-hacking victims Steve Coogan and Hugh Grant (before Freud and Grant had a bitter falling out)
3/ Married (at the time) to Elisabeth Murdoch, daughter of Rupert
Now that Andy Coulson and other News International journalists have sidestepped into the PR industry too, maybe a chance to correct it this time, eh Brian?