Wednesday, 13 June 2012


The Leveson enquiry rumbles on making vast amounts of money for the lawyers and costing millions of hours of police time.

So is it worth it?

It is nice to see members of the government and opposition squirm on being questioned over their dubious relationship to newspaper proprietors. The government must regret having set up the enquiry having initially thought that it would be the usual whitewash and cover up that most previous enquiries have produced.

It is ironic that the whole process was prompted by public reaction and disgust the hacking of Milly Dowler's phone, a sick action too far. The initial enquiry was supposed to expose certain journalists and bent coppers who could be used as scapegoats, and life and the cosy relationship between politicians and the press carried on as before.

Unfortunately for the cheats in government it has opened a can of worms.

So what do the findings so far show?

We knew Murdoch had influence when Blair flew to Australia to see him on his election but did not realise how much power he really had.
It has been demonstrated that the Tories encouraged Murdoch's take over efforts of BSky B as phone and e mail records have shown.

But Why?
Yes we know they are in hock to the big city bankers who finance their undemocratic policies but they feared Murdoch more than any of these people.
And who is Murdoch? Just someone who has made a lot of money with newspapers.
Why should a newspaperman have such power?

After the Sun's slating of Kinnock all senior politicians have feared him. He only needed to threaten to run articles attacking proposed policies and the politicians gave in.

In effect one businessman, with no special allegiencies was running the country according to his wishes.
He had more power than the Prime Minister.

What could the Prime Minister do? He was supposedly running the country and could have publicised this underhand influence as he resisted it. But no. Cameron and his Labour predecessors rolled over in the hope of further favours, crumbs from the rich paper boss's table if they played ball.

What whimps these politicians are. They were elected to protect the interests of the people and yet they allowed themselves to be ruled by a newspaper man.
They are supposed to lead our country but instead are led by a greedy selfish foreign capitalist who until now has run roughshod over all opposition.
The evidence of collusion between government and Murdoch is slowly being teased out, but there will be much that is never unearthed.

Although Murdoch is the worst offender the other newspaper proprietors are not immune to dirty tricks and inside influence.

The freedom of the press is an important guarantor of a free society and must be preserved, but it is not now free but controlled by an oligarchy of press barons. Fortunately their influence is being eroded by the internet and foreign television stations.

But it is still important and it is ironic that it's dirty underside has been exposed by the criminal exploitation of the murder of a little girl.

Heads should roll and they possibly will but I fear it will be the wrong heads, and the life and corruption of the Westminster bubble will continue until the looming financial storm hits us.


No comments: