Two claims sum up he malign influence of the Murdoch mafiosi on UK politics: the idea that “It’s the Sun wot won it”, that the paper can sway votes and thereby dictate who is, and is not, in power, and that if you want to know what Rupert Murdoch is thinking, then read a Sun editorial. Thus politicians fear castigation by the latter, because it inevitably leads to ejection via the former. This will not be lost on Theresa May today.
It was not lost on Gordon Brown, either: at the behest of the twinkle-toed yet domestically combative Rebekah Brooks, the Super Soaraway Currant Bun abandoned Labour for Young Dave’s allegedly revitalised Tory Party. Cameron was one of the worst Prime Ministers ever to disgrace 10 Downing Street with his presence. He fouled up the country and Theresa May has made things worse. Rupe, meanwhile, gets off Scot Free.
And those Sun editorials began to turn against the PM before the Brexit deal was examined by the press. Yesterday brought “THE Cabinet, we are told, have a ‘difficult’ decision today. It doesn’t look hard to us … If the ‘deal’ Theresa May has agreed with Brussels robs us of the power to exit the EU Customs Union when WE alone decide, it is not Brexit”. Only Murdoch can decide what Brexit really means.
There is more. “If it prevents us from freeing ourselves from EU rules or courts, it is not Brexit … If we pay a £39billion ‘divorce’ bill without actually leaving the EU’s central institutions, it is not Brexit. It is insanity - a betrayal which cannot survive and must be rejected”. Then came a read of the deal, and the mood darkened.
Today’s Sun front page shrieked “PM’s Cabinet In Disarray … May’s soft deal blasted by all sides … Huge battle to get MPs’ backing … WE’RE IN THE BREXS*IT”, with non-bullying political editor Tom Newton Dunn obediently taking his dictation. The paper was calling time on Treeza. As the editorial made clear.
There was the customary lying: “In the 1970s, Ted Heath and Harold Wilson both knew we would baulk at belonging to a Common Market that robbed us of our national independence. So they hid its true purpose - ‘ever closer union’, leading to a superstate with one currency”. No-one hid anything. “Ever closer union” was in the original 1957 Treaty of Rome. There is no superstate. And no compulsion to join the Euro.
Then the mafiosi give Theresa May her instructions. “Do not kid yourself no one is paying attention. The public has been sold a pup again and again. It has had enough. Come clean with Britain. This deal is not wholly without merit. But let us see it for what it is”. By tomorrow, that will have changed to telling her she abandons the deal.
And if she does not, what we already know - that the Murdoch press has abandoned her - will be confirmed. The mafiosi will select their preferred Tory leadership team - probably London’s formerly very occasional Mayor Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson and Michael “Oiky” Gove, as they are both Murdoch assets - and expect their wishes to be carried out.
This is what happens when an interfering foreigner who does not have the vote in this country is allowed into power by the back door. There is, of course, one alternative.
A General Election, a Labour Government, and Leveson 2. I’ll just leave that one there.
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