Examination of Witnesses (Question Numbers
23 APRIL 2009
Q600 Chairman: So you would not have
broken it but then it was fine?
Mr Dacre: No, I would not, but
then it became a huge public story.
Q601 Paul Farrelly: So you are saying
seriously that despite your moral crusade to the community clean
up public and private life you would not have broken that story
if it fell into your lap?
Mr Dacre: I really recoil from
the phrase "moral crusade", but anyway, what was the
Q602 Paul Farrelly: You would not
have published that story if it fell into your lap, to coin a
Mr Dacre: No. We are a family
newspaper. Our readers would cancel the paper on it, and quite
rightly too, but I defend the right of the News of the World
to publish it.
Q603 Chairman: Thank you. I think
that is all we have.
Mr Dacre: Can I apologise if I
somewhat bored you? I was genuinely unaware you had read the speech.
Chairman: Please do not worry. Thank
you very much.