It is almost funny to see how the media are running scared of the judgements by Lord Leveson next week. The Daily Mail ran a scandalous preemptive strike last week aimed at undermining the credibility of Leveson and his colleagues.

Yes, there are important issues at stake here to do with press freedom and responsibility. But, if anyone else was trying to preempt the outcome of such an inquiry, you can bet your life the press would be questioning their own integrity or motives.

We should be simply content to await Leveson's report and then see where we go from there – and why.

In the meantime, this is the best I have read ahead of the report – and it comes, not surprisingly, from a philosopher. Dame Onora O'Neill nails the key issues – far clearer than some of the self-interested manoeuvrings of those who fear Leveson's conclusions.