Has Cameron made up his mind on Leveson?

No 10 denies Mail on Sunday story.

Today's Mail on Sunday reports that David Cameron is "set to defy" Lord Justice Leveson if, as expected, his imminent report on press ethics calls for statutory regulation. According to the newspaper, Cameron intends to "resist" any demand for new laws, but will instead order newspaper owners "to 'clean up their act' immediately with a tough new watchdog - using the threat of sweeping legal action if they fail to do so."

Downing Street was swift to deny the story. A spokesman for No. 10 told PoliticsHome that "the Prime Minister has not made any decision about his response to the Leveson report and will consider it in due course."

Lord Justice Leveson's report, which comes after months of public hearing, will be published on Thursday. Its contents remain secret until then - and Cameron himself will only receive a copy 24 hours before it is published.

David Cameron after giving evidence at the Leveson Inquiry in June 2012. (Getty.)
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Tim Farron is being unfairly maligned for inviting us to smell his spaniel

The truth behind “smell my spaniel”.

Out on the campaign trail in Cambridge, the Lib Dem leader Tim Farron was caught inexplicably inviting voters to “smell my spaniel”.

Here is the shock footage:

“Smell my spaniel, maybe, maybe… oh, how are you? Good to see you!” he said, while the top political journalists of the nation scratched their heads. “A new Lib Dem slogan?” asked the BBC. The “catchphrase of the general election” declared the Telegraph. A new, surprisingly progressive “theological pronouncement”, was this mole’s first thought.

And he has, of course, been ridiculed online:

But no.

Look closer.

What’s going on is clear. Farron is not inviting voters to sniff his spaniel at all; he is addressing a dog. One of the activists in the huddle he is speaking to is holding a little dog wearing a Liberal Democrat rosette:

And here is said dog with Farron:

Farron is clearly being sniffed by the dog, because he is carrying the smell of his own dog, Jasper the spaniel.

Was Farron actually commenting that the little Lib Dem pooch was sniffing its party leader because he smelt like another dog? In these uncertain times of fake news and eroding trust, let’s get our spaniel sniffing story straight.

I'm a mole, innit.

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