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4:46 pm, April 27th, 2012 - 37 comments
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Stayed up last night to watch Robert Jay QC question Rupert Murdoch at the Leveson enquiry. It was riveting – you can see why top lawyers like Jay are called silks. Murdoch denied, deferred, demeaned, derided and defended but couldn’t help himself – questioned about the Mosely affair where a judge had described the behaviour of the News of the World as blackmail, Murdoch said it wasn’t blackmail, it was just a journalist doing a favour for a prostitute and was “pretty much common practice”. He was sent away by Judge Leveson to read the court decision and come back with a more considered view. Again when he said that it goes on all the time that “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours”, Jay was quick to remark that Murdoch was denying that ever went on with him seeking political favours from a series of Prime Ministers. Gotcha! Murdoch took the point with a rueful smile.
At the end he just got pathetic – rambling on about invasive technology and the demise of print newspapers. I’d say the pressure for all the Murdoch’s to step down from News International’s board will now become intense. David Cameron, George Osborne and Jeremy Hunt will also quite likely be casualties, particularly as the double-dip recession in the UK and the Tories drop in the polls will will intensify pressure for change away from “austerity for growth”.
This affair has more legs than a millipede.