Blair shows once again he has his finger on the pulse and it would be nice if his thoughtful speech ignited a real deep debate about what we want our press to be doing.
Blair admits that he is partly to blame for the acceration in the decline in standards. For Labour to survive the media they had to know how to get their message through and especially in the early days, Blair did this to the full.
Blair highlights the feral nature of our press where accuracy is secondary to getting 'a story'. Who wouldn't agree with this analysis (except the media barons)? He suggests that sales figures are not enough of a control on what the press produce and some sort of quality control is also needed.
The crucial admittance is that the press is now so influential, it is preventing our politicians taking the right decisions. This should worry us all.