Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Uncle Rupert

The House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee has issued its report on News International and Phone-hacking.  And it's a cracker.

Paragraph 229 has this to say.

"On the basis of the facts and evidence before the Committee, we conclude that, if at all relevant times Rupert Murdoch did not take steps to become fully informed about phone-hacking, he turned a blind eye and exhibited wilful blindness to what was going on in his companies and publications. This culture, we consider, permeated from the top throughout the organisation and speaks volumes about the lack of effective corporate governance at News Corporation and News International. We conclude, therefore, that Rupert Murdoch is not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company".

This report has nothing to say about the misuse of cabcharges or corporate credit cards or any other petty offence.

It's all about how Uncle Rupert and his organisation and many of his family and executives did really bad stuff and then tried to cover it up.

Despite a number of strong hints, we are yet to discover whether he has also corrupted the current Tory Government and its leader - that is the subject of yet another inquiry.

But one of the first questions we should be asking here in Australia is this:

"Has he corrupted The Liberal/National Coalition and its leader"?

And if he has then what are we going to do about it?

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