Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has given the Conservative approval to News Corp’s plans to take over BSkyB.
Many people are right to think that we have reached a new low in British politics today, because the Conservative party, which was backed by Rupert Murdoch before the election, has delivered this deal within months of being elected.
To ignore the hundreds of thousands of constituents who signed petitions and e-mails to oppose this deal is to ignore the democratic wishes of the population.
Jeremy Hunt could have reassured them by referring the matter to the Competition Commission, and he can still do so.
The fact is Murdoch’s media decided months ago that Cameron was going to win and invested in his victory in the most undemocratic fashion.
Why else remove Vince Cable from his post as business secretary is it to do with the fact that he said:
“I have declared War on Mr Murdoch and I think we are going to win…I have blocked it using the powers that I have got…I can’t politicise it, but this is a big, big thing”
What we have in the UK is a coming together of the political elite and the media in a way that makes people outside London or outside those elite circles feel disenfranchised and powerless.
The Akh urges him, in the interests at least of the probity of British politics, to refer the matter, because nobody believes that the undertakings given by Murdoch will be adhered to in the long term.