.I haven't seen any mention of senior LibDen figures attending such events as Rebekah Brooks ,wedding in 2009 which was attended both by then Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and current Prime Minister David Cameron. Cameron has often socialized with Brooks; they have homes near each other in Oxfordshire, have gone horse riding together, and have had dinner together including Christmas dinner. Where Andy Coulson was also a guest
If they were not in coalition however and having little chance of being supported by the Murdoch Empire as Peter Black drew our attention to in an old Guardian article by David Yelland then the LibDems would have looked a clean pair of hands in dealing with Murdoch but Clegg has been outclassed by Ed Miliband in this. but even in government he could have claimed to have some moderating influence. Sadly his intervention looks belated
After the sad affair of Vince Cable falling victim to a Daily Telegraph "Honey Trap were he bragged how he was "at war" with Rupert Murdoch - one of the most powerful media tycoons in the modern world - and would never let him take control of BSkyB. which led to his subsequent removal as minister responsible for media takeovers, by Jeremy Hunt, This Bmeant that until the current revelations he may well have blocked the BSky B takeover by the Murdoch 's and would have been vindicated and reemerged as St Vince the peoples hero.
So in some ways although he was right in thinking in his attitude to BSkyB by voicing it to the two journalist posing as concerned constituents he lost the high ground for himself and to some extent the party failure to benefit from the recent revelations could be said to be of Cable's hubris.
If he had simply voiced his opposition and his reasons in the Commons and announced he had decided he takeover then he would have become a National Hero
Of course this whole affair may well prove to be of little influence in the long run because.
- Although the News of the World, has shut down News international, had already planned for a seven day operation with the Sun and in a few months time we will see the Sun on Sunday,
- Even if Murdoch, plan for BskyB are temporally curtailed.His politics influence will be still remain less visible perhaps, but Politician and other journalists will still be afraid to attack News International.
- As the Tommy Sheridan , case has shown once they have declared you an enemy they will make sure no stone is unturned in order to expose any actual or perceived wrongdoings. though they will have to be more careful over the legality of their methods few of us are completely whiter than white. I suspect Murdoch is drawing up a black list in his head right now,
- Although it may be less vocal in the next general election News International are not going to stop trying influencing Government and Opposition policies and whether Rupert Murdoch, is there or not (He is 80 after all ) unless their dominance of the media in the UK is broken up, then their toxic influence on politics in these Islands will remain.