Sunday, 10 July 2011

"Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed." - Martin Luther King

Regular readers of UnCommon Sense will have realised that I have been taking a bit of a break from blogging recently. The pressure of work and to get some more of my studies done has been the reason for that. However the Murdoch outrages we have been hearing about recently have prompted me to post this...

Whilst the revelations about NewsCorp and News International are welcome, Murdoch is by no means defeated. If his bid to get 100% control of Sky TV is turned down then it will most likely be Ofcom deciding that he is not a "fit and proper" person to own it. If this does happen, his global empire will be in serious trouble; many other countries have similar laws, including the US, Oz, NZ and India. If he is deemed not to be fit and proper to own a TV station in the UK then it is likely he will also be deemed unfit and improper in these, and many other countries. Despite his empire being worth many billions of dollars, the possibility of bankruptcy is staring him in the face.

As such the Murdoch family will fight tooth an claw to make sure his bid goes through. It is likely that this will happen by public means as well as devious means. Already we have been told that News International has directly threatened Ed Miliband. So I would expect blackmail, threats and all kinds of cloak-and-dagger tactics to be deployed against politicians, members of Ofcom, the police and journalists on other newspapers.

When you add to this the fact that the Tories are gauleiters who have benefitted most from Murdoch's dictatorship, there is still a formidable organisation trying to push for his SKY takeover. The right-wing agendas they push in everything from industrial relations to social policy, education, economic policy and the pursuit of wars around the world, have been the policies of Rupert Murdoch. They stand to lose most from Murdoch's loss of power, and in particular David Cameron stands to lose a great deal as the undertow of the ship News International starts to drag others down with it. His relationship with Rebekah Brooks and his decision to employ Andy Coulson and to suffer from memory lapses when it comes to the fact that he was warned about him, suggest that he is on the verge of becoming a lame duck Prime Minister already.

So despite all the revelations about the Murdoch press being uncovered, and the liklihood of further revelations in the coming months, we're not out of the woods yet by a long way. There will be a fighback from the Murdochs, there will be a significant number of people in the Tory party who will try to further Murdoch's interests, including, I suspect, David Cameron and George Osborne, whose careers remain too entangled with the Evil Empire for comfort.

Martin Luther King also said "Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals." Now is the time everyone in the country stands up and demands independence from the opression of the dead hand of Newscorp. Things are moving but we still have a fight on our hands. It ain't over till the fat lady sings...

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