Far from being a ‘rogue’ minister, Gove is part of Cameron strategy to undermine Leveson | Alastair Campbell
The government set up Leveson because the stench from phone-hacking had become too strong, and Cameron needed something to create a bigger gap between him and his most ill-advised hire, Andy Coulson. It is also worth remembering that they did so having spent months effectively colluding with newspaper groups and police denying the full extent of a problem (just as Gove is doing again now).
But when it comes to the next election, the Tories want the press to be as supportive and supine as they were in the Thatcher days when she was handing out peerages and knighthoods according to the extent of media slavishness shown by individual papers and editors.
Leveson is asking the right questions and his inquiry has already seen and heard many reasons why a new and tougher system of regulation has to be brought in.
But with Gove now effectively a spokesman for his old boss Rupert Murdoch, and Cameron and George Osborne calculating the best way to get the media onside come the next election, the Tories in the Cabinet will do all they can do appear on the side of the press rather than the public interest they are supposed to represent.