Greetings from Burnley where the rain has just started to fall on the Turf Moor pitch and the first meeting of the advisory board of the new University and College of Football Business is about to begin.

An odd way to spend publication day of Power and Responsibility, volume 3 of my diaries, but I managed to persuade the publishers that it would be a novel approach to do no press, TV or radio on the day the book came out. Different, they agreed.

That is not to say I have been absent from the airwaves in recent days as the phone-hacking story has gone from bad to worse.

It was interesting to be labelled a News International spokesman by Peter Oborne this morning, at the same time as News Intermational people were telling me I was persona non grata because of my sustained pointing out over the last couple of years that this was only going to get worse unless they got all their dirty linen out.

Anyway, one should let Oborne fulminate away, as he did perfectly well about David Cameron, and I will return to the issue of the welcome announcement of inquiries into both the police mishandling of the first investigation, and the broader practices of the media.

Cameron did not look comfortable when asked about his relationships with News or the issue of BSkyB. But just as eventually his political instincts drove him to announce the inquiries under pressure, so he is now looking for a way to put a pause on the BSkyB takeover.

It is now being reported that Nick Clegg is pressing for tougher and more far-reaching inquiries than Cameron wants. Mr Clegg must hold firm, and Conservative ministers who know the reality of how some of our papers operate must join him in pressing on this.

Finally, after years of one-sided debate, in which the press have been in denial about the consequences of their own actions, there is an opportunity for a new settlement between politics, media and public which improves public debate. It cannot be wasted.