It’s been a busy few days. I’ve reflected that during the last 9 days I’ve only been at home for 3 afternoons and, since I don’t travel with a laptop, I’m a bit off the pace but not quite out the back of the peloton ( I have been keeping up with the Tour de France). During those 9 days I’ve spent time in Dorset, caught a Neil Diamond concert in London, visited The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and spent another 2 days in Cornwall. Now I
must focus though. I have a gig at the weekend and I need to get my chops and my voice up to speed.
But none of this has kept me from the debacle at News Corps/News International. I don’t think any of us were naive enough not to realise that BIG BUSINESS actually drove the Government (as it probably does yours, wherever you are) and that it was a state of affairs that we had to live with. But generally speaking, as individuals, they left us alone.
Now the phone hacking scandal has really turned out to be smelly. Who cared if they hacked a star? It was tittle-tattle that sold newspapers. But now we have “Call me Dave” Cameron hiring a dubious NI exec (Andy Coulson) and dining with Rebekah Brooks. Two of the UK’s top policemen have resigned over links with NI. People involved are saying unusual things on camera and that is making politicians at the top nervous.
I found this great cartoon by Leon Kuhn on righttowork.org.uk
Cameron should admit that Christmas and tennis with Rebekah Brooks is too close. He should also distance himself from his “friend”, Andy Coulson. Or is he in this too much ? You know, keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
MP’s want to ask Rebekah Brooks about a statement that she made indicating that payments had been made to police for information back in 2003. Er, why didn’t they ask her then ?
Our Government and the Murdoch empire have been too close since the days of Thatcher (she dined with Rupert Murdoch every Christmas, it is said, and often in between).
It is clear where the power behind the throne has always been. The referendum to
introduce AV was a wipe-out – but where did the money come from (no-one is
Big Business runs the country but just for the moment it is rather satisfying to hear the sniffing of rats in the corridors of power.