George Monbiot in the Guardian: "For many years the local press has been one of Britain's most potent threats to democracy, championing the overdog, misrepresenting democratic choices, defending business, the police and local elites from those who seek to challenge them."
Quote of the week most likely to make you reach for a dictionary: George Monbiot (again): "This petty affair is a synecdoche for the state of local journalism."
Martin Wainwright on Comment is Free: "Monbiot whacks a very broad brush over Britain's local newspapers, which remain a delight for readers in spite of their ever more threadbare staffing and financial woes."
PCC report on its investigations into Guardian's phone hacking allegations against the News of the World: "Despite the manner in which the Guardian's allegations were treated in some quarters - as if they related to current or recent activity - there is no evidence that the practice of phone message tapping is ongoing."
The Guardian in a statement: "This complacent report shows that the PCC does not have the ability, the budget or the procedures to conduct its own investigations."
David Dimbleby after a farmyard accident stopped him presenting Question Time for the first time in 15 years: "Trust my wife's bullock to take me out. I'll be giving bullocks a wide berth in future."
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