Murdoch-watchers have long known there’s something rotten in the Newscorp media empire. The extent and reach of the phone hacking scandal in Britain has finally seen the biter bit by its own corruption. Murdoch sought power over governments around the world to entrench his extreme right-wing ideology. In Britain, Thatcher was an enthusiastic agreer, Blair a sycophantic follower, and Cameron too bent the knee. All were supported by Murdoch’s tabloid papers into Parliament, albeit Cameron only as a minority leader. The Observer sums up how he has operated and why this must come to an end.
While shouldn’t expect an early or an easy end, this post from UK blogger John Ward sums up what is at stake for Murdoch as the rot spreads. Ed Miliband, criticised only recently for weak leadership, now proposes to introduce a motion to Parliament to stop the deal. LibDems and some Conservatices may well support it.