The usual career stricture is always to follow failure. In taking over a journal in rude health, Jon Tonge and I have foolhardily ignored this advice. The previous editors of Parliamentary Affairs, Jocelyn Evans and Steven Fielding, undertook sterling work in elevating the journal to its current lofty position in the rankings of politics journals. Thankfully, Matt Goodwin is sticking around to handle the review essays.
To launch our new editorship – and the publication of Issue 1 of 2012 – we invited Tom Watson MP, who played such an integral role in uncovering the issue of phone hacking, to give the Parliamentary Affairs annual lecture. The audio of his talk – Parliament and Phone Hacking – is here, along with pictures of the packed room in Westminster’s Portcullis House.
It was a meaty speech, which attracted some media attention (of which the most detailed is probably this) – and included a call for Labour to endorse an expansion of Freedom of Information as part of its manifesto at the next election.