There is always a danger that legislation cobbled together and pushed through parliament will turn out to be bad law with unintended consequences.
'Peter Preston: This pizza-box press regulation is a sticky mess
Leveson dreamed of a voluntary regime, not an expedient political compromise imposed at two o'clock in the morning.
'Press regulation: newspapers bridle at 'historic' deal
Protests from industry as David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband agree to create powerful regulator in late-night talks
A shellshocked newspaper industry was struggling to come to terms with a sudden all-party agreement to create a powerful new press regulator designed to prevent a repeat of the phone-hacking scandal.
The independent regulator will have powers to impose fines and demand prominent corrections, and courts will be allowed to impose exemplary damages on newspapers that fail to join the body.
'Thanks to Leveson the job of journalists has become that little bit harder
On Monday, Parliament will decide the future of blogging in this country. As the government’s press regulation proposals stand, blogs big and small would come under the new press regulator. This would make bloggers liable for significant compensation sums (aka exemplary damages), fees for joining the regulator as an ‘associated member’ (newspapers join as full members) as well as for increased legal costs.'