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Putting the public at the heart of the Leveson Inquiry

Posted on 14 July 2011 .
Tags: BSA, British Social Attitudes, Leveson Inquiry, public trust

So - it’s all okay then.  The villain Murdoch slinks back into the shadows. A victory for the public?
Well, up to a point. The truth is we’ve witnessed wholesale and shocking institutional failure. In best selling newspapers. At the press ‘regulator’. In the Met. And among politicians.     It’s so stark that for once, I really don’t need to use any of our research evidence to prove a point. (Although if you’re interested…here’s earlier British Social Attitudes evidence on trust).
Let’s not forget that the public has a basic right to be able to trust the nation’s institutions. And in too many cases right now it can’t.   So we need a truly radical look at how the public interest can be put at the heart of the governance of our key institutions.   We must look squarely at what works for the public and what doesn’t. If Lord Justice Leveson’s inquiry announced yesterday proves simply to be the establishment reviewing the establishment, then it really won't move us on.  An authentic and radical review will make sure it involves the public properly:
-       Understanding the public perspective
-       Making sure that the full diversity of public views are heard, not just those with the loudest voices
-       Considering how to continue involving the public in future governance
-       Ensuring that public service values genuinely pervade every level of our national institutions (public, private and charitable).
M’lud – we’ll be happy to help with your enquiries in any way we can.
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