He never really went away
The word that brought them all to earth was Leveson. But, you may say, Leveson reported back in November 2012, and most of the press has set up IPSO and moved on. Well, up to a point, because the Royal Charter on press regulation has passed into law, and the process by which a regulator can apply for recognition under the Charter is now open for business. And there is nothing Whittingdale or his press pals can do about it.
Hacked Off wish IPSO an Unhappy Birthday
The protest was addressed by Hacked Off stalwarts Evan Harris and Brian Cathcart, and also Labour PPC Emily Brothers, who was viciously smeared in the Sun by the deeply unpleasant Rod Liddle, veteran campaigner Peter Tatchell, who has been smeared on a regular basis by the press since the 1983 Bermondsey by-election, and Polly Toynbee of the deeply subversive Guardian, frequently whined at by right-leaning pundits.
Whittingdale was asked about the process, and the normally talkative MP mysteriously went all quiet. “Will costs/damages changes to libel happen if @impressproject is recognised. ‘I don't want to be drawn’ on that says @JWhittingdale” observed the BBC’s David Sillito. Whitto, as he is known, must be aware that the Royal Charter process has been set in motion and neither he, nor any other politician, can stop it.