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.
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