I’m currently reading the third of Chris Mullin’s political diaries “A Walk-On Part: Diaries 1994-99”. He was the Labour MP for Sunderland South from 1987 to 2010 and someone I have long admired for his candour, humour and commonsense. It makes fascinating (and often hilarious) reading.
Thus far, I’m only half way through it but,
already, I’ve been struck by the fact we’re STILL trying to come to terms with
many of the SAME issues some 15-18 years later and, in particular, Rupert
These are just a
few (believe me, there are MANY more!) of Mullin’s diary entries about him:
· “We should
be concerned about the social, political and cultural consequences. We had to
find a way of preventing a handful of megalomaniacs (referring to Murdoch and his ilk) from taking control of everything
we see and read” (Jul 94).
· “Felt inspired
to make a little speech along the lines that Murdoch was polluting our culture
and something must be done about him” (Jul 94).
is paying virtually no Corporation Tax” (Oct 94).
· Need to
persuade “our masters to do something about Murdoch” (Oct 94).
· “And to
cap it all the leader himself (referring
to Tony Blair) is about to scurry halfway round the world to answer a
summons from Rupert Murdoch and his evil empire” (Jul 95).
(Donoughue) alleged, citing a Tory source, that Thatcher had sent a draft of
the 1990 Broadcasting Bill to Murdoch’s lawyers and allowed them to make
deletions as they saw fit” (Feb 96).
enough, today’s “Sun” is covered in ‘We Back Blair’. Inside there are two pages
of justification. Every word reeks of cynicism. Murdoch is just protecting his
assets. If we had the guts, we should keep quiet until 1 May (General Election date) and strike with
deadly force in the first week. We won’t though. We haven’t neutralised Murdoch.
He’s neutralised us” (Mar 97).
Fascinating, but also really rather frightening.
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