Posts Tagged ‘News International’

Murdoch evidence supports break-up of his empire

by Michael Meacher.

What do you do with a global firm now worth $50bn, run by its family founders who control most of the votes but only 13% of the equity, when the CEO turns 80 and the empire is clearly too large for its management? That was the central issue highlighted on Tuesday in the Wilson room […]

Police collusion, government complacency almost as serious as NoW law-breaking

by Michael Meacher.

The police have a great deal to answer for over this media crisis and one resignation, however honourable, does not exculpate their collective liability. Three months ago the Guardian highlighted that “we now know that in dealing with the phone-hacking affair at the NoW, they (the Met) cut short their original inquiry, suppressed evidence, misled […]

Different rules apply?

by Jon Lansman.

For the record, here’s the extract from Sir Paul Stephenson’s resignation statement which has enabled Yvette Cooper to pinpoint the critical question which now has to be asked about phone hacking — why different rules apply to the Met police commissioner and the prime minister over their respective phone hacking links:

Hackgate: notes on political crises

by David Osler.

Westland didn’t bring down Thatcher, Major took on the Maastricht Bastards and lived. Not even the combination of illegal war against Iraq, the Kelly suicide and cash for peerages was enough to force Blair to quit. Prime ministers, it seems, invariably ride out a little local difficulty. I do not see anything in either the […]

What the downfall of the Mafia State should tell us

by Michael Meacher.

Amid all the reportage of the crumbling of the Murdoch empire, one important matter has been glossed over. Why did it happen at all? It wouldn’t have but for three events. The first is the tenacity of the Guardian, despite all the fob-offs from the police, the politicians and News International over a period of 5 […]

Blairites party with Murdochs, 24 hours before Milly Dowler story broke

by Jon Lansman.

After Ed Miliband’s most successful week as Labour leader in which his bold and forceful stance against corrupt and depraved practices has brought the Murdoch empire to its knees, the Blairites, always too fond of fraternising with the rich and famous, have put those efforts in jeopardy. According to the Mail on Sunday, only 24 […]

Who governs?

by Owen Jones.

I’ll be honest. A couple of weeks ago, I was in utter despair with Ed Miliband’s leadership of the Labour Party. I bet many of you reading this were, too. He was stuck on repeat (literally) attacking public sector workers driven to strike by the government, leaving it to PCS leader Mark Serwotka and the BBC’s […]

No end of a retreat

by Michael Meacher.

Slowly but surely, inch by inch, Murdoch is being forced back. His withdrawal of his promise to hive off Sky News, which he had previously used as a device to avoid referral to the Competition Commission, was motivated solely by the pressing need to allow time for the present crescendo of anger over phone-hacking to […]

The net tightens on News International

by Mark Seddon.

Sales of the doomed News of the World increased by 30% we are reliably informed on the day the newspaper closed, and on the day Rupert Murdoch flew in dressed in an open neck shirt and a panama hat. The ‘Dirty Digger’ as Murdoch used to be known affected not to have a care in […]

Murdoch pays the price – News of the World to close

by Mark Seddon.

It was so ordained that James, rather than Rupert Murdoch, announced the closure of the News of the World, the 168 year old tabloid, after the presses roll this Sunday. He did so from New York, the city to which Rupert spirited him earlier this year, possibly already aware that leaving him in London would […]

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