Last month, Rupert Murdoch, through the offices of his faithful retainer Trevor Kavanagh, another of those whose reputation is forever tainted by the Sun’s smearing of the Hillsborough victims and their families, let it be known that he had decided Theresa May should go. Whether she did so voluntarily, or was forced out by her fellow Tories, was not specified. But the Brexit deal meant she had to go. And someone else had to resign.
Once more, it is Kavanagh who is conveying Rupe’s wisdom (no, don’t laugh) to the Tories, and one of them in particular. And the word from the boss is that if they don’t do what he wants, they may be finished as a party. “Mrs May’s defeat in next week’s crucial Withdrawal Bill vote will almost certainly mark the end of her premiership … It might also mark the beginning of the end for the Conservative Party”. They still have to sack May.
How to get the Tories to listen, though, as they didn’t do last week? Pitch a pack of lies - that’s the usual Kav game: “There is even wild talk of an emergency Christmas election and the advent of bearded Marxist Jeremy Corbyn as Red Santa”. Bullshit. The amount of time needed to get a General Election organised means the last date on which a 2018 contest could be held has already passed. Try again.
And try again he does, where the story takes a most interesting turn. After the customary Beeb bashing - “A stream of wobbling Brexiteers has been deployed in pro-Brussels newspapers and the ever co-operative BBC” - Kavanagh takes aim at one minister who would have, until now, been thought to uncritically toe the Murdoch line.
“It was startling to watch my old colleague Michael Gove brazenly sell his soul on the europhile [!] Andrew Marr Show … It sounded very much like the old Michael Gove - until he insisted that we must support Theresa’s dodgy deal, regardless … Mr Gove suggests the kindly burghers of Brussels would never humiliate Britain and have as much to lose from a backstop as we do … They would set us free as soon as possible”.
Then came the not very subtle hint of a smear. “Mr Gove’s friends believe he has suffered a crisis of self-confidence since severing his friendship with David Cameron and knifing fellow Brexit architect Boris Johnson”. Michael, Michael, you’re feeing overwrought. Have a sit down and listen to what Trevor and Rebekah have to sell, er, oops, tell you.
There was more in the same vein. “I have known Mr Gove for 25 years … He is a profoundly decent and intelligent man … But he must know from long and bitter experience that this is not how the EU works”. Michael, Michael, you’re a sensible and reasonable man, now there’s a good chap and listen to Uncle Rupe, eh?
Here we have clear evidence that Gove sticking with Theresa May’s deal has not been approved by the Murdoch mafiosi. This is Gove flying solo, pursuing his own agenda, his own ambition, frightening though the prospect must seem. He is now being instructed to change tack. What will be on offer? A weekly column for Sarah “Vain” Vine if she finds the new-look Daily Mail not to her liking? Another of those book advances?
If Gove doesn’t think it’s worth listening to his old boss, things must be bad for the Murdoch mafiosi. Hopefully this trend will continue.
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Problem for Gove?
Does he know which team have the most skeletons in the closet?
And will KRM tell him?
Gove is a Murdoch man through and through and Uncle Rupert almost had his man in No. 10 back in 2016. Murdoch has invested heavily in Gove and being a sharp business man will look after his asset.
Of course there might come a time when Murdoch sees Gove as a liability that needs to be liquidated. Politically of course.
“Pro Brussels newspapers?”, “Co-operative BBC?” Someone obviously not with his finger on the pulse, who squats in his own lofty ivory tower without ever seeing the world on which he judges. Or maybe he’s been sniffing the cat litter tray again?
"He is a profoundly decent and intelligent man"
False praise that shatters with the flick of a finger.
Gove "...decent and intelligent..."?
The lunatics have taken over the asylum.
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