The latest instalment of the Leveson inquiry brings fresh problems for the rapidly sinking David Cameron UK government. His Cabinet colleague Jeremy Hunt has allegedly been revealed, through a series of emails to Murdock advisers, giving information about the negotiations for the BSkyB takeover.
The latest instalment of the Leveson inquiry brings fresh problems for the rapidly sinking Cameron government. His Cabinet colleague Jeremy Hunt has allegedly been revealed, through a series of emails sent via his staff to Murdock advisers, giving information about the negotiations for BSkyB takeover.
All along Hunt has insisted that he stayed impartial in the negotiations that would decide if Rupert Murdock could take over BSkyB completely – and gain a dominating position in UK TV news coverage.
The emails reveal that Murdock’s team received information about the progress of their bid. There remains little doubt that the deal would have been nodded through by the Cameron government – but for the damming revelations of illegal phone hacking by the Murdock press. Later evidence emerged of corruption by the Murdock organisation of police and government officials.
Faced with this, Hunt’s position looks precarious. He tried desperately to project himself as Mr Clean in the negotiations but it is likely that a deal was reached by Cameron’s party with Murdock. This would be along the lines of a behind the scenes agreement that the Murdock press would support Cameron in the UK elections – in return for a future Cameron government allowing Murdock to take over BSkyB completely.
This is an explosive development. It is widely accepted that the ditching of Prime Minister Gordon Brown – and support for David Cameron by Murdock’s Sun tabloid played a vital part in the UK 2010 election.
Once again Murdock has had a devastating effect on a democratic election. His organisation, which will soon be proved to have engaged in criminality and corruption, may have had a decisive role.
Cameron, already sinking fast in UK polls, is fighting for his political life.
One of his own MPs, Nadine Dorries, has described him and his Chancellor George Osborne as “Two posh boys who don’t know the price of milk and have no idea about the lives of ordinary people.”
This after Osborne claimed, “We’re all in this together.” Except for millionaires like Cameron, Osborne and the entire Conservative front bench.