A novel idea for politicians, stand up to Rupert Murdoch, is put forward by Stephen Glover in today’s On the Press column in The Independent. He writes:
Hardly a week goes by without David Cameron coming up with a new idea that astounds his critics and discomforts some of his friends. May I suggest one that might unite almost everybody? Stand up to Rupert Murdoch.
Following Tony Blair’s highly discreditable example, Mr Cameron has been sucking up to the media tycoon, and has buttered up Rebekah Wade, editor of the Murdoch-owned Sun. Not that it has done him much good. Mr Murdoch evidently does not like Mr Cameron, regarding him as an over privileged toff, a class he detests. He recently told The New Yorker that the Tory leader doesn’t believe in anything apart from image.
Glover questions the brightness of launching theondonpaper, mentions OH Simpson and buying shares in ITV to stymie a takeover, and suggests the time has come when it may be possible to clip Murdoch’s wings.