‘Hackgate’ is David Cameron’s first real crisis of government. The absence of Tories coming out and defending Cameron is suggestive about the Prime Minister’s popularity within his own party. If he’s going to successfully deal with the next disaster to come his way, he needs to schmooze with his backbenchers. And get rid of Baroness Warsi, writes A.P. Schrader.
Like many, I have been totally absorbed by ‘Hackgate’, though frankly one does rather begin to tire of the whole tedious imbroglio Continue reading
In the Murdochs’ big showdown against the Culture, Media & Sport Committee, it was the Committee which ended up losing on points. But the biggest loser in the fallout from the phone-hacking scandal will be Ed Miliband, writes Christian Walker.
Rupert and James Murdoch’s appearance before the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee had all the trappings of a prize fight in Las Vegas (albeit with Andrew Neil taking the place of Don King). The narrative in the run-up to their appearance sought to paint Murdoch as a monarchical tyrant; an unrepentant titan of the media industry, ill-served by the Continue reading
The Hackgate saga goes on and on. Other important news is being buried and it benefits the Left and Murdoch’s media rivals. Ed Miliband now has something to drone on about to the detriment of parliament. Can we move on, please? Asks Luke Graystone.
Another day, another News of the World story. Now it seems that the Murdochs, among others, are to be given a summons to appear before Members of Parliament on Tuesday. This follows yesterdays story that News Corp. would be pulling out of its BSkyB takeover plans. Continue reading
Ed Miliband has opportunistically seized upon David Cameron’s closeness with the shamed Murdoch empire. Considering the Blair government’s own flirtation with News International this is cant and hypocrisy of the first order, writes Christopher Wheeler.
Within the last few weeks the British newspaper industry, and more specifically News International, has been found to be a hotbed of immorality and alleged illegality. The Labour Party and their leader Ed Miliband have been seen – by the media and the general public alike – to have been making all the running over the issue of phone hacking. Labour have tried to claim that the scandal shows that Prime Minister David Cameron lacks judgement due to his hiring of an ex-tabloid editor who – it is claimed – was intimately involved in the scandal.
The keen eyed amongst you may have noticed that there has been a minor story developing in the media about the behaviour of a certain newspaper. Indeed much space has been given over to a lot of people to vent spleen so, what with this being a comment blog, here goes.
I really really really do not care. Really. I have plumbed the very depths of my interest levels and applied them at full force to the matter at hand and I find myself drifting over to the Ladies World Cup or some arcane rule change in Formula 1 which itself is glacially boring. That particular avenue of enjoyment was curtailed when they changed all the rules and banned overtaking. Continue reading
I’m no apologist for The News of the World. A rag that markets to man’s state of nature instincts; that dresses up soft porn and celeb goss as ‘courageous investigative journalism’, not gutless, lowest common denominator conformity; that profits from, and relies on, popular ignorance and apathy; that loads our insalubrious obsession with B- and C-celebrity; that revels in rumour about cabinet ministers and their mistresses; that rejoices in misery because misery sells; that stalks and phone hacks the rich and famous, and dead children and dead children’s parents. Continue reading