British Blairite-Murdoch anti-Labour coup plot


This video from Britain says about itself:

Leveson Inquiry: Rupert Murdoch endorsed Tony Blair after getting all he could from him

25 April 2012

The News International proprietor admits that he only sanctioned Sun approval of Tony Blair after he had gotten all the concessions he could get from him.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Blairites‘ Soft Coup Plot Uncovered

Tuesday 28th February 2017

McDonnell: Murdoch-backed opposition moves into shadows

PLOTTERS seeking to oust Jeremy Corbyn are involved in a sneaky “dark arts” operation to get rid of him without sparking another Labour Party rebellion, shadow chancellor John McDonnell has charged.

Mr McDonnell said some Labour MPs in alliance with the Murdoch-owned media are hell-bent on “destroying” Mr Corbyn’s leadership to reclaim the party for capitalists.

He accused the “covert coup plotters” of wanting to undermine Mr Corbyn through “an exceptionally well-resourced ‘dark arts’ operation of the old spin school” in an article posted on the Labour Briefing website on Sunday.

He said the unnamed plotters were so determined to get rid of him that they were prepared to jeopardise their own seats and endanger the very existence of the party.

The warning comes after former Labour spin doctor Peter “the Prince of Darkness” Mandelson claimed last week that he was working “every single day” to drag Mr Corbyn down.

After last year’s failed coup attempt fronted by stool pigeon Owen Smith, the plotters realised a direct attack on Mr Corbyn would provoke an angry backlash from grassroots supporters, Mr McDonnell said.

They are destabilising the elected leader with “constant behind-the-scenes non-attributable briefings” to “chip away at Jeremy’s standing” every time anyone in the shadow cabinet made media statements or appeared in Parliament.

The “constant barrage of negative briefings also crowds out any positive initiatives or narrative from Jeremy and his team,” Mr McDonnell said, ramming home their narrative that the Labour Party is split.

He said these tactics led to “fake news” stories in the Times and the Sun claiming Mr Corbyn was about to stand down as leader — which were then perpetuated by copycat media outlets.

And civil servants’ leader Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the non-Labour affiliated PCS union, threw his weight yesterday behind Mr Corbyn.

“Many of those criticising the current Labour leadership were either complicit or silent when public-sector pay and jobs were being slashed,” he pointed out.

“We have long argued for a genuine alternative to the Tories’ obsession with cuts, for the kind of policies Labour is developing under Jeremy Corbyn, and we continue to believe this is in the best interests of those we represent and the communities they live in.”

A spokesman for Mr McDonnell said the article had been written and published in print last week in response to Tony Blair’s attack on Labour over Brexit, but that it only appeared online on Sunday night.

Asked about Mr McDonnell’s claims of a soft coup, Mr Corbyn has insisted he is “very happy” and that Labour is moving forward with policies and campaigns.

He said Labour would “learn the lessons” of last week’s by-election defeat in Copeland.

Labour lost the seat to the Tories but fended off a challenge from Ukip leader and serial fantasist Paul Nuttall in Stoke.

Labour is expected to face three more by-election challenges in relatively safe seats in the coming months.

Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram are planning to leave Parliament to take on the Manchester and Liverpool mayoralties, while Gerald Kaufman’s death on Sunday will trigger a by-election for Manchester Gorton.

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  1. Friday 31st March 2017

    posted by Conrad Landin in Britain

    Ofcom warned to stop tycoon’s controversial takeover of Sky

    RUPERT MURDOCH’S planned takeover of Sky is a threat to “journalism, media plurality and democracy,” union leaders said last night.

    Media regulator Ofcom closed its consultation yesterday on the planned merger of the Australian-American tycoon’s 21st Century Fox group with Sky PLC.

    Fox already owns almost 40 per cent of the Sky business. But in a joint submission to the consultation exclusively seen by the Star, 13 British unions have urged the regulator to put the breaks on.

    Those speaking out include the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Prospect’s Bectu sector, which represents technical broadcast staff.

    Union leaders including Unite’s Len McCluskey and GMB’s Tim Roache say the deal would mean “the Murdoch family will effectively become the largest newspaper provider, the third-largest TV provider, the second-largest provider of radio news content and the fourth-largest online news provider” in Britain.

    The general secretaries argue that the merger would worsen a lack of pluralism in the British media, which is already among “the most concentrated media environments in the world.”

    Drawing on research by the Media Reform Coalition, they note that Britain already has just three companies controlling 71 per cent of national newspaper circulation and five companies in command of 81 per cent of local newspaper titles.

    In a report last month, the campaign group warned the takeover would “consolidate control over a substantial share of wholesale news provision within and across all news platforms.”

    The NUJ said the merger had “implications for every citizen and for the shape of our democracy.”

    The union’s acting general secretary Seamus Dooley said: “The support of sister unions for our opposition to this merger is very welcome. While media unions have been to the fore in highlighting this issue, media ownership and diversity is not just of interest to those working in our industry.

    “There is widespread concern across the UK at this latest attempt to strengthen the Murdoch empire. Trade unions do not need to be convinced that Murdoch and those who dance to his tune are bad for workers, bad for journalism and bad for democracy.”

    The proposed merger was referred to Ofcom by Culture Secretary Karen Bradley earlier this month. The regulator’s duty is to investigate whether the Murdoch empire is “fit and proper” for full control of Sky.

    In a separate public interest test, it will assess whether the merger would serve “the need … for there to be a sufficient plurality” of media control, as well as whether 21st Century Fox shows a “genuine commitment” to broadcast standards.

    Labour MP and former BBC journalist Clive Lewis said the balance of media ownership was already “completely” out of control.

    “If you consider the media to be the fourth estate, and oil in the wheels of democracy that enables citizens to make informed choices, it’s quite clear that handing it over to a small elite is not in the best interests of democracy,” he told the Morning Star.

    “Rupert Murdoch should not be in a position where he can dominate so much of our media.”

    Trade unions issued a joint statement condemning the move:
    As UK trade unions we are concerned by the proposed merger of 21st Century Fox Inc and Sky plc. Britain has one of the most concentrated media environments in the world, with three companies controlling 71 per cent of national newspaper circulation and five companies in command of 81 per cent of local newspaper titles. Sky and NewsCorp are already the biggest commercial news producers in the UK. Sky News Radio is the main news supplier to more than 280 commercial stations. Sky’s only real competitor in radio news production is the BBC. In television, there are now only two UK-based 24-hour TV news channels – Sky News and the BBC News Channel.

    We oppose the merger because it will have a damaging impact on journalism, media plurality and democracy.

    If the merger goes ahead it will mean the Murdoch family will effectively become the largest newspaper provider, the third-largest TV provider, the second-largest provider of radio news content and the fourth-largest online news provider. The merger would make Rupert Murdoch the only person ever to control a substantial share of wholesale news provision on all the main news platforms and be a strong presence on leading third-party sites, such as YouTube and Yahoo, further extending the company’s reach. Sky News online is the most widely featured news source on Yahoo’s UK news page, accounting for more than 25 per cent of articles in February 2017 and more than 50 per cent of headlines.

    Free, independent journalism and media diversity are crucial to our democracy. We believe the risks posed by further concentration of media ownership fundamentally undermines the public interest.
    Ronnie Draper
    Kevin Courtney
    Bob Monks
    Steve Gillan
    Ian Lawrence
    TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes
    Len McCluskey
    Mick Cash rmt general secretary
    John Smith MU
    Tim Roache, GMB
    Gerry Morrissey, Head of BECTU Sector, Prospect

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-8da7-Mogul-Murdoch-is-a-Threat-to-Journalism#.WN4otmekIdU

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