With the news of Rebekah Brooks’ second arrest of suspicion of police bribery, what can be said legally about the seemingly rampant criminality of Rupert Murdoch’s business empire is perhaps limited. The former editor of Sun and News of the World, and until-recently bigwig of the Murdoch empire, previously appeared to boast to a parliamentary hearing about bribing the police, so her arrest is hardly a surprise.
Assuming she is charged, that is. One wonders who else may eventually be charged.
Murdoch’s empire was a key driving force of the severe defeats of the working class movement in the UK suffered in the 1980s at the hands of the Thatcher government. The relationship between the cops and Murdoch press was particularly cemented in the miners strike, as the ‘Daily Shit’ vilified workers in struggle while the police battered the heads of strikers, and subjected pit villages to a form of martial law. This alliance of unspeakables is at last being exposed and unravelled, which is something to celebrate for those who seek to reverse these defeats.
I admired this little ditty when it first was published, before this blog was up and running. So, for the amusement of readers today, here it is: