Posts Tagged “rupert murdoch”

The Sun refuses to back the Tories, says ‘Vote local’ (Aka: The Sun hedges its bets)

by Stephen Tall on May 2, 2013

Does what The Sun says matter? In its own terms, of course not. Its own self-promoted myth that it was ‘The Sun wot won it’ for the Tories in 1992 with its anti-Kinnock front page belies the reality: it backs the party it thinks is most likely to win. It’s in that narrow sense that […]

Liberal Heroes of the Week #23: John Kampfner, Nick Cohen & Fraser Nelson

by Stephen Tall on November 30, 2012

Welcome to the 23rd in our series, Liberal Hero of the Week, chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum. ’Liberal Heroes’ showcases those who promote the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book — economic, personal, political and social liberalism — highlighting individuals regardless of party affiliation and from […]

Nick is right on Jeremy Hunt: this is a Tory failure to self-regulate, so let them stew

by Stephen Tall on June 13, 2012

Should the Lib Dems join forces with Labour and vote to censure Jeremy Hunt? That’s the question troubling my party today. When the Lib Dems were in opposition this would’ve been a no-brainer — in fact, we’d probably have tabled (…)

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Clegg’s triple whammy: intervenes on secret trials, slams those who ‘bowed’ to Murdoch, calls for reform of ‘broken establishment’

by Stephen Tall on May 29, 2012

If Nick Clegg has time to keep a diary of his time in government (which I doubt) I’d like to pre-order it now. The principle of collective cabinet responsibility, together with the reciprocated determination of he and David Cameron to maintain an effective working relationship, means we don’t often see the reality of the behind-the-scenes […]

LDV Caption Competition: Vince & Dave “Watch your step” Edition

by Stephen Tall on May 26, 2012

There’s no prize at stake – just the opportunity to prove you’re wittier than any other LDV reader… Here’s Lib Dem business secretary Vince Cable, the man who declared war on Murdoch, side-by-side with the man who LOL-ed with News International. What do you think might be being said or thought by or about them? […]

David Cameron’s jibe at Dennis Skinner: forget the ageism, it was just badly done.

by Stephen Tall on April 30, 2012

David Cameron, it became clear today, was not impressed by Commons Speaker John Bercow’s decision to grant Labour leader Ed Miliband an urgent question on the subject of Jeremy Hunt’s hanging-by-a-thread career as culture secretary. His not-impressedness manifested itself as indignant anger — it was “spectacularly ill-judged” according to the Telegraph’s Iain Martin: From the […]

LDVideo: Clegg – we don’t need Hunt inquiry. Hughes – we need Hunt inquiry

by Stephen Tall on April 28, 2012

Here’s Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg saying that the Leveson Inquiry is the best place for culture secretary Jeremy Hunt to give evidence about his role in the BSkyB takeover bid… (Available on the BBC website here.) And here’s Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes calling for an inquiry into whether Jeremy Hunt breached the […]

What I told BBC Radio 5’s Nicky Campbell about Simon Hughes’s call for Jeremy Hunt to face inquiry

by Stephen Tall on April 27, 2012

As I blogged this morning Simon Hughes last night became the first senior Lib Dem to call for Jeremy Hunt to face an independent inquiry into whether his behaviour broke the ministerial code during NewsCorp’s attempted takeover of BSkyB. I (…)

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Simon Hughes calls for independent inquiry into Jeremy Hunt

by Stephen Tall on April 27, 2012

As the BBC News reports here, Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes last night called for the independent advisor on the ministerial code to investigate whether the allegations that Conservative culture secretary Jeremy Hunt was too friendly to the Murdochs are accurate: Deputy leader Simon Hughes has become the first senior Liberal Democrat to join […]

No. 10 admits Clegg right to differentiate Lib Dems from Tories/Labour over cosying-up to Murdoch

by Stephen Tall on April 25, 2012

In today’s Prime Minister’s Questions, a riled David Cameron appealed across the political divide to the other major conservative party in the Commons, inviting all politicians to accept they’d been guilty of cosying-up to the Murdochs’ News International empire. Nick (…)

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