Pax Rupertica ends?
Sunday, January 25, 2009
This morning's story in the Sunday Times is significant, not for the revelation that some Labour peers are corrupt, but for the fact that one of Rupert Murdoch's papers is prepared to conduct covert investigative journalism against Labour and to splash the embarrassing results on the front page. The cosy relationship between Murdoch and Labour is either over or subject to a tough renegotiation. The last Conservative government fell amid allegations of sleaze which were paltry by comparison to this. The disgraced lords were purporting to pimp for current ministers, including the Prince of Darkness Himself. They were offering, by use of their relationships with such apparatchiks, to pervert the legislative process itself. It is too serious to be a warning shot. If Murdoch wanted to renegotiate his deal with Labour, he would surely aim to leave his long time friends and partners in power? Time will tell, but this gives hope of political change on an Obamaic scale.
The Murdoch press always wants to be in the position of being on the winning side.
Then it's tabloids can claim to have 'won' the election and its boadsheets can clainm to represent the mainstream.
Posted by: Crushed | Monday, January 26, 2009 at 12:38 AM
Nice slant on the story we are all exercising ourselves over this morning. The king maker Murdoch may have played his hand here, and it may herald a change (for me at least - I bought The Times in paper form today for the first time in years). But who leads us out of this and what do we salvage from this mess? Doesn't seem to me, even with the backing of News International, the Tories would find very much left worth saving and would struggle to secure a mandate anyhow.
Have you been to Scotland recently? - the electorate here will mindlessly vote Labour or SNP to punish Labour, irrespective of political performance, and are unable to separate national and regional issues. Most Scots do not even understand the difference between their MP and MSP...
Posted by: Polaris | Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 02:54 PM
Time for a walk
Posted by: Old Holborn | Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 02:34 PM
I wonder how many of these lords are connected with Common Purpose.
If you don't know what Common Purpose is, I suggest you find out.
Common Purpose is a corrupt organisation which must be stopped.
You can find out more about Common Purpose here:
Posted by: Stop_Common_Purpose | Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 12:28 PM
I pray God you are right, as the opposition needs to coalesce around something or somebody. Cameron has no fire in his belly or any moral outrage.
Posted by: Guthrum | Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 11:17 AM
This seems to be a January tradition as it isn't the first time the Sunday Times has threatened to upset the apple cart.
It covered Sibel Edmonds' story this time last year:
For sale: The West's deadly nuclear secrets
There were also two follow up pieces to this in the following weeks. It was great to see the story hit the British mainstream, unfortunately none of the other MSM outlets picked it up. There are still lots of loose ends - I wrote an article covering the British links (protected it seems by HM government) to the nuclear black market in Lobster no. 56.
Posted by: i-squared.blogspot.com | Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 10:59 AM