LONDON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch withdrew his bid for British broadcaster BSkyB on Wednesday in the face of cross-party hostility in parliament following allegations of widespread criminality at one of his tabloid newspapers.
Yesterday Murdoch pulled a last minute manoeuvre to exclude his company’s outrageous hacking practices from the BSKyB deal review. Let’s call on the government to immediately rule that the Murdochs aren’t fit and proper to own half our commercial media. Tomorrow this will be debated in Parliament. Let’s beat the Murdoch mafia – sign the urgent petition now
From the middle of the nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth imperialism was the dominant national ideology, transcending class and party divisions. Britain was saturated in the ethos and attitudes of empire. They infused plays and books and, later, films. They informed school textbooks. They inspired paintings, prints and engravings. They filled newspapers and magazines. They figured in advertisements and packaging. The impact was arguably greater than that of any previous dominant ideology because its pre-eminence coincided with the rise of the mass market and the mass media. — ‘Imperialism and juvenile literature’ edited By Jeffrey Richards. Manchester University Press, 1989
So what’s changed? Not much really. Today of course, the ideology of imperial expansion now masks itself as ‘humanitarian intervention’ or ‘democracy-building’.
It is difficult to imagine either of Ed Miliband’s predecessors as Labour leader deciding to force a parliamentary vote to delay consideration of Rupert Murdoch’s swallowing up of BSkyB until criminal investigations into the News of the World are complete.
Murdoch’s friends in government have given him approval to buy out our media. Avaaz is launching an all out campaign to stop the Murdoch deal during the 10 day consultation period, with a national opinion poll, hard hitting ads and legal challenges. Small donations from 5,000 of us will make it happen:
To form itself the public has to break existing political forms. — John Dewey
The culture secretary Jeremy Hunt last week decided to allow News Corporation’s takeover of BSkyB. Once Murdoch agreed not seek outright ownership of Sky News Hunt was happy for him to buy out the other shareholders. The company is now Murdoch’s for the buying.