Date: May 16 2012
A senior broadcast journalist today insisted it was difficult to blame the media for its relations with top politicians when it was "pushing at an open door".
Adam Boulton described how he was "surprised" that a host of senior figures, including Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband, had turned up to "pay court" at last summer's News Corporation party.
The Sky News political editor also told the Leveson Inquiry that a Number 10 pyjama party, attended by Rupert Murdoch's wife Wendi Deng and organised by Gordon Brown's wife Sarah, was "completely bonkers" and he had predicted it would "all end in tears".
He said: "I remember a cabinet minister telling me at the time about the Wendi Deng pyjama party.
"I thought this is completely bonkers that this sort of intimacy is being indulged in by the prime minister's wife and a senior proprietor's wife.
"I thought at the time it will all end in tears."
Earlier, the inquiry heard from the former head of the Press Complaints Commission (PCC), who warned getting new laws to control newspapers through parliament would be difficult.
Lord Wakeham insisted self-regulation was still the best method of controlling the press and also warned privacy laws would not "help the public unless they were rich".
Former prime minister John Major was "certainly in favour" of a statutory system but he had helped to talk him out of it, the peer told the Leveson Inquiry.
"I did have a conversation with the prime minister that this was not a very sensible way to go," he said.
Lord Wakeham, who served as a minister under Margaret Thatcher and Mr Major, was appointed Chairman of the PCC between 1995 and 2001.
During that time he would occasionally telephone newspaper proprietors to complain about the conduct of their editors, including a well-documented complaint about Piers Morgan during his time in charge of the News of the World.
Lord Wakeham said he found Mr Morgan's decision to publish a photograph of the then Countess Spencer in the grounds of a private hospital, which had been taken over the wall, "outrageous".
He called Rupert Murdoch who went on to make a public statement criticising Mr Morgan, the inquiry was told.
Lord Wakeham said: "It was outrageous that it should be done.
"He (Mr Murdoch) made the statement that he did, that it was unacceptable, and that sent a message round that we were not to be trifled with."
Lord Wakeham suggested that MPs were always keen to crack down on the press but getting legislation through parliament would be difficult.
"If there's any legislation that flows from the circumstances we are in I have considerable reservations about how it would get on in parliament."
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