Rebekah Brooks’ Collar Felt Again

13 Mar

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:


Posted by on March 13, 2012 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “Rebekah Brooks’ Collar Felt Again

  1. sanculottist

    March 13, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Remember in the late 80s, when I started my teaching career at the British Council in Munich, we used to give the students this little hand-out when we did a discussion on the British press with them:
    * The Daily Mirror is read by people who think they run the country;
    * The Guardian is read by people who think they ought to run the country;
    * The Times is read by people who actually do run the country;
    * The Daily Mail is read by the wives of the people who run the country;
    * The Financial Times is read by people who own the country;
    * The Morning Star is read by people who think the country ought to be run by another country;
    * The Daily Telegraph is read by people who think it already is.

    and the Sun is read by people who don’t care who runs the country, as long as she’s got big tits.

    Incidently, the quip about the ‘Morning Star’ was not completely untrue and I remember the CPGB Young Communist League boys, at our university Marxist society, referring to Stalin as “Uncle Joe”. It was always going to be difficult for me to identify with Scargill.

    Anyway, not to digress, the Sun is indeed a disgusting rag and it took Heinrich Böll’s, “die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum” (The lost honour of Katharina Blum) to a whole new level. It was a particular curse because, as you rightly indicate, it manufactured the consent of the working classes in their own destruction by appealing to their base instincts. Of course, “Die Bild Zeitung” here in Germany is similar and the so-called “quality papers” only resort to more subtle methods when it comes to manufacturing consent. Nevertheless, the Sun and Murdoch stand out like a sore thumb by virtue of their criminal energy and general immoral behaviour. The film “Outfoxed”, although a few years old now, is always worth watching:

  2. David Ellis

    March 13, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    What could be more pleasant than seeing Rebekakaka getting her filthy collar felt?

    On the Morning Star/Scargill point by sans. There is no doubt that Scargill’s first, second and third concerns was the foreign policy of the Soviet Union. His only instinct would have been to conduct the strike in the interests of the usurping Stalinist bureaucracy rather than the miners. I think that is the major reason the strike was never seriously broadened to other sections or the attempt made by the NUM leadership. The strike was a bargaining chip in the Cold War. One which was ultimately squandered in a game of political roulette.


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