Well it’s been an interesting day. Adam Smith has fallen on his sword, the sacrificial lamb to the slaughter. All honourable stuff, makes you proud to be British.
OK that’s it then, story over.
Well not really. Adam Smith in case you didn’t know was special adviser to culture secretary Jeremy Hunt. Yesterday, after revelations by James Murdoch, it looked like Hunt would go, but of course that’s not how things happen in politics. The idea that Hunt was not aware of the involvement by Smith in the BSkyB bid is crazy. Even if it is true, how could he allow a culture to evolve in which an adviser had such freedom.
So let’s look closer, because of course this is not how it really is. There is a growing school of thought that the mass media, of which Murdoch’s organisation is a big player are the voice of the Globalists. They report and distort the news in the way their masters demand to shape public opinion, just look at how Fox for example has handled the Presidential election in the US, anyone heard of Ron Paul?
Murdoch has had the ear of Prime Ministers for decades. Actually, some might say he has had the throat of them for decades. He said today that he never asked Margaret Thatcher for anything. Of course not, if you follow this same thought process, she had nothing to offer him, it was the other way round. To explain this, you would have to understand that politicians are puppets playing out the role to keep the illusion of democracy alive, interesting idea!
Vince Cable then culture secretary, had it right when he declared war on Murdoch, and soon found out the hard way that you must not bite the hand that feeds you.
How will this whole drama play out? How many people will be sacrificed to save “call me Dave”s skin?
This piece taken from Wikipedia makes interesting reading.
On 28 June 2006 the BBC reported that Murdoch and News Corporation were considering backing new Conservative leader David Cameron at the next General Election – still up to four years away. In a later interview in July 2006, when he was asked what he thought of the Conservative leader, Murdoch replied “Not much”. In a 2009 blog, it was suggested that in the aftermath of the News of the World phone hacking scandal which is still ongoing in 2011 and might yet have Transatlantic implications Murdoch and News Corporation might have decided to back Cameron. Despite this, there had already been a convergence of interests between the two men over the muting of Britain’s communications regulator Ofcom.
In 2006, Britain’s Independent newspaper reported that Murdoch would offer Tony Blair a senior role in his global media company News Corporation when the prime minister stood down from office.
He is accused by former Solidarity MSP Tommy Sheridan of having a personal vendetta against him and of conspiring with MI5 to produce a video of him confessing to having affairs – allegations over which Sheridan had previously sued News International and won. On being arrested for perjury following the case, Sheridan claimed that the charges were “orchestrated and influenced by the powerful reach of the Murdoch empire”.
In August 2008, British Conservative leader and future Prime Minister David Cameron accepted free flights to hold private talks and attend private parties with Murdoch on his yacht, the Rosehearty. Cameron has declared in the Commons register of interests he accepted a private plane provided by Murdoch’s son-in-law, public relations guru Matthew Freud; Cameron has not revealed his talks with Murdoch. The gift of travel in Freud’s Gulfstream IV private jet was valued at around £30,000. Other guests attending the “social events” included the then EU trade commissioner Lord Mandelson, the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska and co-chairman of NBC Universal Ben Silverman. The Conservatives have not disclosed what was discussed.
In July 2011 it emerged that Cameron met key executives of Murdoch’s News Corporation 26 times during the 14 months that Cameron had served as Prime Minister. It was also reported that Murdoch had given Cameron a personal guarantee that there would be no risk attached to hiring Andy Coulson, the former editor of News of the World, as the Conservative Party’s communication director in 2007. This was in spite of Coulson having resigned as editor over phone hacking by a reporter. Cameron chose to take Murdoch’s advice, despite warnings from Nick Clegg, Lord Ashdown and The Guardian. Coulson resigned his post in 2011 and was later arrested and questioned on allegations of further criminal activity at The News of the World, specifically the News International phone hacking scandal.