British Labourite Corbyn against Rupert Murdoch

This video says about itself:

The Murdoch Empire: Phone Hacking Exposed – The Listening Post (Full)

20 September 2014

An interview with Nick Davies, the reporter who exposed the British phone hacking scandal. He exposed one of the biggest scandals in recent British political history. Nick Davies, the journalist who laid bare a political controversy that reached into multiple British institutions and painted a picture of a news organisation so powerful that those institutions, including parliament, police and the rest of the British media, dared not take it on. Richard Gizbert sat down with Nick Davies to discuss the story, the power of fear and the future of the Murdoch media empire, which lies disgraced, but by no means defeated.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Corbyn vows to take on banks and media barons

Tuesday 25th August 2015

JEREMY CORBYN vowed yesterday to take on the unchecked power of banks and media barons if elected Labour leader.

The Islington North MP said that Rupert Murdoch’s empire would be broken up to dilute his media influence and banks would be forced to address Britain’s “gross inequalities.”

In an interview with the Financial Times, he also warned the corporate world that he would challenge high pay.

“I do think the salary levels and the bonus levels again have got to be looked at,” he said.

And Mr Corbyn hit back at claims that his leadership would split the party.

“I don’t think there is any appetite for people to walk away,” he said.

“The number of MPs making ‘noises off’ at the moment is actually quite small. A lot of MPs are looking to see what happens and what role they can fulfil.”

8 thoughts on “British Labourite Corbyn against Rupert Murdoch

  1. Wednesday 26th August 2015

    posted by Morning Star in Editorial

    YESTERDAY’s meeting between the four Labour Party leadership candidates and acting leader Harriet Harman is unlikely to stop efforts to discredit the electoral process now underway.

    Despite failing in their efforts to sabotage the ballot, some MPs, discredited former leaders and ministers will continue to cry stinking fish on the very process they once so warmly advocated.

    For them, the one-member one-vote franchise for deciding Labour’s leaders was never a matter of democratic principle.

    It was a gimmick to fool people into thinking they could exercise a real choice when faced with candidates who all share the same pro-austerity, pro-big business, pro-militarism outlook.

    Some on the left, including the Morning Star, believed that the voting and other structural reforms were primarily intended to kill off any meaningful collective trade union involvement in Labour Party affairs.

    However, the upsurge in popular anger and protest since the May 7 general election, together with Jeremy Corbyn’s bold decision to stand for election on the basis of his principled left-wing record, reminds us that mass struggle can challenge the status quo and with the right conditions and orientation can overthrow it.

    That is what Corbyn’s campaign now threatens to do. Ideas, like facts, are stubborn things and will not easily be banished by procedural manoeuvres. The appeal of his policies to trade unionists, environmentalists, peace campaigners and all who fight for social justice has upset the best-laid plans of the mice who believe that Labour’s mission is to administer capitalism and help the poor instead of abolishing exploitation and ending poverty.

    Corbyn’s policies may be unacceptable to the extreme pro-austerity, pro-big business and pro-Nato militarist elements in the Parliamentary Labour Party, but they strike a chord with many people outside the Westminster and Whitehall bubble.

    To the horror of those MPs who wanted to attract only new members and supporters who share this dismal vision, socialists and progressives have flocked in their hundreds of thousands to the party instead.

    Not surprisingly, quite a few of the recruits have previously been supporters and even members of the Green Party or left-wing groups such as Tusc, the SWP and Left Unity.

    The Communist Party and other left-wing organisations have made clear their opposition to “entryism.”

    The only organised infiltration of the Labour Party has come from some cynical, anti-democratic elements in the Daily Telegraph and the Conservative Party — and from a tiny attention-seeking “communist” sect whose 28-or-so members are unlikely to tip the balance of votes in favour of anyone.

    So the electoral battle in the Labour Party and the wider labour and progressive movements continues, as does the need to focus on the policies that can win back Labour’s lost millions.

    In particular, more discussion of Britain’s future in or out of the European Union would be useful. For example, what do Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall think of EU policy in relation to Greece? Do they support the enforced pauperisation and privatisation of a whole nation and its economy?

    And how would Corbyn propose to overcome EU opposition to “people’s quantitative easing,” which contravenes Article 123 of the Lisbon Treaty, and to nationalisation purchase and management policies which do not conform strictly to commercial criteria?


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