Tories revert to type on press freedom

Yesterday we had anti-censorship campaigners praising liberal-minded conservatives for their support of press freedom against the predations of Leveson. Today, however, the Tories have reverted to type. Attorney general Dominic Grieve has by government diktat overturned the ruling of an appeal court, and vetoed the publication of lobbying letters from Prince Charles to seven UK government departments. The original court case arose from a rejected freedom of information request made by Guardian journalist Rob Evans.

News of Grieve’s block on publication of the heir to the throne’s political lobbying correspondence has been swamped by that of home secretary Theresa May’s widely welcomed decision to stop the extradition to the United States of computer hacker and Asperger’s sufferer Gary McKinnon.