by Jason Moore

It has been called “Murdoch´s revenge” but yesterday´s evidence from James Murdoch certainly puts Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt under pressure. According to Murdoch Junior´s evidence it appears that his organisation had a close relationship with the Culture Secretary who was charged with examining Murdoch´s bid for BSkyB. Scottish Nationalist Leader, Alex Salmond, is also in the frame for having a close relationship with the Murdoch organisation. What I find rather sickening about the whole affair is the close links which exists between Britain´s political establishment and the Murdoch organisation. It appears to be a rather unhealthy relationship and it could be argued that political favours would be exchanged in return for support from Murdoch. The Cameron government does appear to have overstepped the mark. Cameron´s recruitment of former News of the World editor Andy Coulson and his friendship of Rebekah Brooks (both of whom have been arrested in connection with the phone hacking enquiry) shows poor judgement on behalf of the Prime Minister. And now the Culture Secretary has been thrust into the Murdoch limelight. This whole affair does not show the British government in a good light. Rupert Murdoch takes the stand today so I expect more fireworks and yet more controversy. The Conservative Party has been damaged by the whole affair. I suspect that one minister will have to resign.

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