Rupert Murdoch and Alex Salmond

Lord Soley

It should come as no surprise that Rupert Murdoch wants to back Alex Salmond’s independence policy. It’s the same policy that leads him to oppose EU membership. Anything that protects his power and diminishes the power of the regulator is his idea of good governance. Breaking up the United Kingdom weakens all the constituent parts. It has been by far the most successful political and economic union the world has seen.
I have been aware of Murdoch’s methods for some years and I distrust him – he misuses power. Beware!

8 comments for “Rupert Murdoch and Alex Salmond

  1. Dave H
    27/04/2012 at 5:11 pm

    If you look at how many people give him money by buying his newspapers or watching his TV, you could probably argue that he’s got more support than any of our political parties and gives them something they want, whereas government always seems to be taking it away.

    However, I do agree with your last statement (and I don’t knowingly give him any money, either).

    • Lord Blagger
      29/04/2012 at 6:56 pm

      Well, apply this test.

      If I ask you for a million quid, and you give it to me, who is the idiot or crook?

      Me for asking, or you for giving the money away? [Made worse if you give me someone else’s money]

  2. Independent England
    27/04/2012 at 8:26 pm

    ‘Breaking up the United Kingdom weakens all the constituent parts’.

    Do you have any evidence for that statement? I believe England would be stronger as an independent nation managing her own affairs without the need to worry about Scotland Wales and N.Ireland!

  3. Gareth Howell
    28/04/2012 at 7:53 am

    has been by far the most successful political and economic union the world has seen.

    An Ulsterman might say the most unsuccessful, but the noble Lord may be referring to the act of Union of England and Scotland 1707(?) and not the whole of the UK, in which case the union of these small groups of tribal areas have done rather well.

    England and Wales meld well but that was always on the cards, since the 10thC
    and the work of Hywel dda, and nothing at all to do with the Lincoln’s inn lawyer Owen Glendower, of later years.

  4. maude elwes
    28/04/2012 at 11:23 am

    @Lord Soley:

    Murdoch is out to dismantle the UK government as a revenge move. He is threatening it with retaliation for trying to take apart his empire and reducing his son on the world stage. This is why Jeremy Hunt was exposed. And by doing that, he is telling us, this is only the beginning.

    Salmond is a thorn in the UK governments side, and Murdoch is well aware that canoodling with this man will wind them up. Salmond is useful to him only as a tool to torment. He will try to buy him with big offers to rattle those who feel exposed. It’s called a shake down.

    The trick is, charge him with terrorism, then have the US ask for his extradition. They will then place him in a US Texan jail and, if they could do as they have with Bradley Manning, they could throw away the key.

    And his money is no barrier. They managed to fix Bernard Madoff’s wagon and look how much he had.

    However, my guess is Murdoch has a lot more up his sleeve. And all those in places of power, who may have been silly, will have a big sweat going on under their collars.

    Either government will have to take out a contract or bow to his demands.

    • Lord Blagger
      29/04/2012 at 7:07 pm

      Ah yes. Pass laws to get individuals. When governments start changing laws just to target one or two people its wrong.

      For example, they went for Fred Godwin, even though he broke no laws, but have protected the likes of Uddin, Talyor and Hanningfield who still are peers.

  5. Lord Blagger
    28/04/2012 at 1:51 pm

    He has no power. He can’t vote here.

    You have the power, and look at the mess you have created.

    7,000 bn of debt, hidden off the books for the same reason that Bernie Maddoff used a dodgy accountant.

    So much for the Lords oversight on the matter. Perhaps you don’t understand what oversight means? Perhaps the Lord’s interpretation is if we look over it, and ignore it, it will go away.

  6. Sharon
    30/04/2012 at 12:16 am

    I hope Murdoch exposes them all, to be honest. The government has been to close to the media for to long now. I think we’re only seeing the beginning of what is to come out. Trouble is though, how far will people go to try and cover up what is coming out? I always found it a little odd that just as the government was bringing out a new policy, the newspapers were hyping up stories to, what looked like to me, to back them up. It’s insane.

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