November 29, 2012 11:29 pm

Leveson wins on long-windedness

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Circa 1642, John Milton©Getty

Milton: commendably shorter

From Mr Ian Walker.

Sir, Lord Justice Leveson is clearly no Voltaire, who apologised to his friend that he had no time to make his letter shorter. The 2,000-page report needs a good subeditor to pull out the key issues. Milton’s Areopagitica remains the best summary of the issues involved with licensing the press and is commendably much shorter than Leveson’s tome. Judges and lawyers sometimes measure their worth by quantity rather than quality.

Ian Walker, Riddlesdown, Surrey, UK

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