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Gangland retribution from Murdoch

Boris is a social liberal now, according to The Sun, who completely ignore the comments he’s made about Muslims, and the many other groups he has offended.

So what is this all about?

Murdoch can get away with anything. The only people who say otherwise are in his pay and lying.

Media Ethics

Judge Brian Leveson just retired. The organisation that was set up to support his work Hacked Off said, at its summer party this week, that it would be focused on regulating social media now.

This means the chance to regulate Murdoch has not been taken so the dominance will continue for a few years still.

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FT pushin’ Eugenics in the morning

An Autocratic Account

May I make clear at this stage, that I do not believe in fact and that everything you may be about to read ought to be taken with a pinch of salt that is directly proportional to the various chips currently in residence just north of what may medically be labelled as my humerus.

A pent-up perpendicular self-parodying post, for public edification . . . (ok, we get it, ed)

You got me burnin’ up

Looks like the FT Editor Lionel Barber is openly getting behind the UN depopulation agenda.

No stranger to World Government, it’d be stranger still if he didn’t attend Bilderberg / WEF etc.

Barber’s commissioned the Cameron / Murdoch apparatchik Camilla Cavendish to push for EUGENICS in today’s FT.

And by gum has she delivered!

In the current climate all you have to do is use the words biodiversity, climate change, extinction & floods & you have a self-awarded licence to call for the type of austerity (for the lower orders) that makes the well-known serial killer & rapier of children George Osborne look like a Sorosian philanthrope.

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The Smell of Victory

Heat of the Morning

Burnin’ Up

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A broken clock is right at least twice a day

A broken clock is right at least twice a day

It’s no secret that the Morning Star swings to the left.

And one shouldn’t belittle its fantastic work highlighting underrepresented points of view.

But it’s quite remarkable when the newspaper it is most in sync with is … The Sun.

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Obviously a constellational thing.

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Many years ago it became clear to me that the right wing press was funnier than the left.

I grew up in the 1990s when most right-on alternative comedians opposed the Thatcher and Major Conservative governments.

So this all came as a bit of a shock.

But the culture war has now moved on.

People like me need to get with the times.

The war of ideas has become more sophisticated than I recognized.

Political marketing assumes many forms.

Have I become more paranoid?

Or have things genuinely moved on?

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Until very recently Rupert Murdoch, the billionaire owner of the Sun, backed Theresa May.

She called an election in 2017 and made sure she put the elimination of the Leveson Inquiry into press criminality on her manifesto.

Murdoch’s staff had been paying the police and getting people sent to jail for relatively minor crimes such as helping undercover journalists buy small amounts of drugs.

In other countries such behaviour would be called entrapment.

For this she was rewarded with favourable media coverage and became so full of hubris that she didn’t even turn up to the TV debate.

Murdoch got what he wanted when the then Media Secretary Matt Hancock got the entire Tory Party (except 5) to vote, along with the DUP, to bin the Inquiry.

Hacked Off, a press regulation pressure group financed by F1 Billionaire Max Mosley, took a Judicial Review case to get the Government to reverse its position, but they lost.

The verdict was announced last week.

If only the story stopped there.

Carry on Brexit

Murdoch is for Brexit. It helps shrink the state and turn the UK (and its overseas territories) into even more of an oligarch-friendly low tax regime.

The links between the Sun’s ideology and the right-wing think tanks coming out of Tufton Street are repetitious.

But the the US Tea Party and even Reagan’s Republicans have always been skilled in dressing up their deregulation in a Ché Guevara beret.

Steve Bannon constantly refers to culture wars. I remember the American conspiracy theorist historian Webster Tarpley telling Alex Jones back in 2009 that to get rid of Obama the right would have to attack him from the left.

Pipe Dreams

And so the Sun’s anti-regulation anti-EU stance now overlaps with the Morning Star’s!

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I am not against debate.

But it is good to get enough background context to back up the valid instinct that you are being lied to.

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Knowing who funds the article you are reading usually tells you more about what is being written than the words themselves.

The fact that the Morning Star is dead against the EU shows how strongly the unions must really feel about Brexit.

Phillip Coggan of the Economist tweeted about the parallels with UK 1930s politics recently. This was possibly in relation to the Nicky Morgan and Oliver Letwin suggestions of a temporary technocratic Unity Government.

George Lansbury (grandfather of actress Angela) became head of the Labour Party at a time when they split and one half (not his) joined a Unity Government.

Lansbury once edited the Herald, a workers’ newspaper that eventually became The Sun.

Funny to see the spectres of Mosley and Lansbury rear themselves once again.

Perhaps they never really ever went away.

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Blag Blag Blag

Blagging Culture

I met up with ex-Sunday Times Blagger John Ford last week.

He is a key player in UK Information Politics as his repeated use of deception to obtain scoops for Rupert Murdoch are but a precursor of what will come in the future.

Leveson 2

The Leveson Inquiry into Phone Hacking and other invasions of privacy was supposed to be divided into two parts.

The government voted to cancel the second half of the inquiry and the Judicial Review on Thursday represents the last chance for the Leveson Inquiry to be completed.

If it is not completed, the government and particularly the press will get a green light to use all sorts of surveillance on us all. We will be delivered into a Stasi-style information surveillance state in which none of us will be able to say anything as we will be gagged but all our moves will be monitored.

More to come.