How Rupert Murdoch’s dinner party for the British political elite got him ownership of SKY

Zionist media magnate Rupert Murdoch has yet again successfully reminded Britain’s political elite who’s running the show, by getting them all to his summer party in the days when a decision is likely to be made on his News Corp’s 100% ownership bid of Sky TV.

I’ve stated on many an occasion that Rupert Murdoch has a pervasive and damaging effect on British democracy through his ownership of printed & television media channels. The politicians are so scared of the “King Maker” that instead of challenging his position, they kowtow to his every demand.

Vince Cable was removed from his post as business secretary after he declared he would not bend over for Murdoch:

“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”

Murdoch’s News Corp were ripe for a severe dressing down of their corporate prowess after the phone hacking scandal.

Last Thursday, David and Samantha Cameron as well as Labour leader Ed Miliband and shadow chancellor Ed Balls drank Moet & Chandon champagne and ate oysters with Rupert Murdoch.

Despite the Sun’s high-profile decision to back David Cameron in 2009, the Labour leadership know that alienating Murdoch would be foolish. There were more Labour figures at the party than Conservative ministers, a reflection, perhaps, of Labour’s continuing obsession with winning over Murdoch when they can, and trying to neutralise his title’s most venomous attacks when they fail. As well as Miliband and two of his closest advisers, Tom Baldwin and Stewart Wood, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper and shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander also partied.

Tory backbenchers were represented by David Davis and Nick Boles. Labour peer Lord Sugar, who had attacked NI over phone hacking earlier that day, was also there,

With Murdoch himself present, Cameron gave an early-evening keynote speech to the “CEO summit” organised by the Times – although the event programme published on the newspaper’s website coyly described him as an unnamed “senior cabinet minister”.

If you analyse what Murdoch and his News Corp have pulled off, despite being almost dead and buried, it’s quite remarkable how they have achieved their objectives:

By endlessly criticising the European Commission via their media outlets, News Corp managed an unconditional approval for their bid for Sky, effectively going over the heads of the line manager (the British Government) straight to the big boss’s office in Brussels.

Reduced the debate around media plurality to news ownership. This was a tactical master stroke. Fleet Street rivals are incredibly worried about the potential for News Corp/Sky to use online sports rights to help lift audiences for the Times and Sun websites with bids beyond the means of newspaper budgets. News Corp insists it has no such plans, but then, News Corp would say that wouldn’t it.

Kept Labour quiet. Labour may not be gaining that much from the Sun or the Times right now, but there is the promise that one day, those titles might change sides. That is the most likely motivation for the decision by the Labour leadership not to pursue Murdoch over the phone hacking issue.

Knew the rules inside out. Takeover law in Britain works like this: it is for the would-be acquiror to propose undertakings in lieu of a referral to the Competition Commission. It is, in the case of media at least, for the minister to decide whether to accept or reject them. That gave the Murdoch organisation a key advantage: it could propose a concession it could perfectly well live with (a spun-off Sky News) rather than risk having one imposed on it didn’t care for (a sale of the Times titles).

Make no mistake for the prize is worth it. When completed, the News Corp/Sky deal would result in an unassailable position in the UK media scene, with full control of a company that is expected to double operating profit from last year’s £845m to £1.7bn in 2015, contributing 30% of income to a company that is already the world’s largest media group.

What we have in the UK is a coming together of the political elite and the media in a way that makes people outside these elite circles feel disenfranchised and powerless.

With an unassailable grip on the British media, News Corp has the ability to dictate to our elected political class as never before, no one in their right minds wants Fox News style propaganda being beamed on to our screens.

The question remains, how do WE compete with that?

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