I couldn't find a picture of David Cameron with Rupert. This may well reflect the belief that Murdoch senior had little faith with Cameron when he was leader of the opposition thinking him lightweight and it was actually James who persuaded him to shift NI and the SUN behind the Tories .
Of course Tony Blair sold his soul and his party to the Murdoch early on in his leadership and it was disturbing to see a right wing Tabloid like the SUN backing New Labour in three General Elections. I know there is an argument that Murdoch support tends to go to those he perceived to be the winner but the lack of Labour Government action against the power of New International was a disgrace to a party that not only claimed to be on the left but which put up with the latent racism that sometimes appeared in Murdoch's Tabloids.
Equally disturbing was Alex Salmonds's playing of Murdoch though it is rather through his silence over the latest farago. Though perhaps it could be claimed that it is entirely hypocritical of Scottish Labour to attack him with 25 questions.
Gordon Brown suffered from appalling attacks by Murdoch's pres but he had done nothing during the period of NI 's support for New Labour and even when they behaved appealingly towards him and his family still attended their functions..
Nick Clegg has a seemingly clean pair of hands but this because the Murdochs saw no reason to court the Libdems. They should be in a position to take the high ground but so far it seems that their major contribution has been to claim that ...
News International launched a campaign of bullying against senior Liberal Democrats in an attempt to force through the company's bid for BSkyB, high-level sources have told the Observer.Lib Dem insiders say NI officials took their lobbying campaign well beyond acceptable limits and even threatened, last autumn, to persecute the party if Vince Cable, the business secretary, did not advance its case.I think jaxxland deals with this with disdain it deserves .
Of course all these are now ganging up to claim that they are opposed to the Murdoch empire anwas aware of the full extent of his involvement with the phone hacking scandal . But even this humble blogger in a smallish Welsh village had a very god idea that Coulson was damaged goods even before Cameron took him on.
The winner of the party leaders seem to be Ed Miliband but can one seriously argue that if Labour had won the last General Election under any leader ,they would not have anything to limit the extent of Murdoch media empire in the UK whether Rupert had overridden James Murdoch decision to back the Tories or not?