Francis Beckett

At the Westminster Correspondents annual dinner Wednesday night, I watched a really creepy moment.

After the lobby chairman and Prime Minister Theresa May made their witty. light-hearted speeches, the serious business of the evening was conducted by Sun political editor Tom Newton-Dunn.

He thanked the Prime Minister for upholding press freedom, and said she would have support for "the difficult decisions you have to make in the next six months." Mrs May sat in front of him and simpered.

The terms of trade were terribly clear. In return for abandonning the Leveson report, which she had just done, and refusing to support a genuinely independent press watchdog, the newspaper proprietors are going to bolster her tottering government for a few more months.