Did News International influence the whole political system and shape policy ?

Yesterday journalist Stephen Glover focussed on the evidence given at the Leveson Inquiry, turning then to another ”possibly corrupt relationship with the Murdoch Press . . . “the assiduous and unrelenting courting of the media tycoon by Labour and Tory leaders over a period of nearly 20 years.” 

Glover points out that politicians have a choice: they did not have to court Rupert Murdoch’s support “in such a craven way”. 

Outlining the campaign strategy to gain the endorsement of the Murdoch Press, largely devised by Alastair Campbell, he records the crucial support later given by the Sun newspaper, acting as “as cheerleader for the war party”. Bad news from Iraq was said to have been downplayed or even suppressed by the Sun and the Times. 

Tony Blair’s alliance with Mr Murdoch led to the latter standing as godfather to one of his daughters in 2010 and David Cameron appointed Andy Coulson as his communications director in 2007 because the ex-editor provided access to News International in general and Mr Murdoch in particular. 

“In the US, as in Europe, the dominant politico-economic culture is almost entirely corrupt” 

Stephen Glover’s unease is well-founded but refers mainly to prime ministerial closeness to News International. Readers of this and many other websites will know about the influence the media, financial and industrial corporate-political nexus exerts on the political process – News International is only one of a host of corporations who influence senior British politicians and their advisers. 

On this site in 2012, examples include the subsidising of  Deloitte, consultancies – McKinsey in particular, the revolving door between business and politics and many more will be found using relevant search words. 

In the FT, American lawyer John E. Hemington said: “Here in the US, as in Europe, the dominant politico-economic culture is almost entirely corrupt, with the financial and corporate inmates running the political asylum. 

The country can only be governed well by incorruptible MPs  

We end by cheering the example of politicians like Glenda Jackson, her work for her constituents, her outspoken criticism of Blair as leader and detachment from the corporate world, with a blank space in the register of interests – compared with the appalling list of appointments enjoyed by David Blunkett and Keith Vaz.

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Posted on March 1, 2012, in Banking and finance, Civil servants, Conflict of interest, Corporate political nexus, Democracy undermined, Government, Lobbying, Parliamentary failure, Revolving door, Vested interests and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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