Murdoch interview with Alan Jones – National – www.smh.com.au

by peterjukes

JONES:

And yet Tony Blair � you’ve got a bit interest in Britain – says he wants Britain to become part of all of that. Is that �

MURDOCH:

Yes, I think �

JONES:

� understandable?

MURDOCH:

No, it’s � it can only be personal ego. You know, he’s � oh, he’s a friend of mine. We’ve supported him very strongly on Iraq. We think he’s been very brave. He came in at a time when the conservative party had collapsed. But on this he just doesn’t make any sense.

JONES:

How do you stop government from passing more and more laws which interfere with the productive capacity of individuals and corporations?

MURDOCH:

Well, I guess when it gets too bad, you do everything you can to change them. We’re campaigning � what we’re doing in Britain today, we’re campaigning every day in our newspapers to get a referendum so it actually gets put to the people before they sign onto Europe or sign in any deeper and we’re certain what the result would be.

JONES:

Yes. Is that recall mechanism in California, which saw Schwarzenegger replace Davis, giving the public when they’re fed up an opportunity to get rid of the incumbent, is that recall mechanism one way of countering against the excessive pressure and power of government?

MURDOCH:

Yeah it is. I’m not sure that it does take it a little too far, that Californian � although with Hightown there was a change there, the government was broke, the state was broke and they had this, I think, two million people actually signed petitions to recall and then a hundred candidates do it and Arnold Schwarzenegger came out of nowhere and won it.

JONES:

Yes, it makes people feel as though if government get overbearing on them then they’ve got a chance for some redress though, doesn’t it?

MURDOCH:

It certainly does.

JONES:

Just on the view of the world that you have � terrorism � you write about it. Your news bureaus talk about it. How significant is that and how well are we handling it?

MURDOCH:

I think we’re handling it very well but it’s a tough one and we had to be prepared for it for a long time. This is not like one country in a war against another country. This is, you know, a small group � a breakaway almost � of one of the biggest religions in the world and they’re brainwashing young people to suicide, give up their lives to go in and try and destroy our way of life. It’s � they want to take the world back four hundred years to a theocracy run by Muslim priests �

JONES:

And the continuing presence �

MURDOCH:

� as they did in Iran �

JONES:

Yes indeed.

MURDOCH:

� and now the people of Iran are just ready to boil over and throw them all out.

JONES:

The continuing presence in Iraq has become a divisive political issue here. What do you say about that?

MURDOCH:

Clearly, we have no alternative. We have got to see the job through. And I think it is being misrepresented. There�s tremendous progress in Iraq. All the kids are back at school � ten per cent more than when Saddam Hussein was there. There is one per cent more fresh water. There�s � most of Iraq is doing extremely well.

There is one small part where the Sunnis are, which were the people who supported Saddam Hussein, who are giving trouble, and more by, I think, giving cover to international terrorists and people from the Taliban and from Afghanistan coming in. And it�s not – this is notable – they�re not really trying to kill Americans even, they�re trying to kill people, like, from the United Nations. Anyone who is trying to come in and help get their country going properly.

via Murdoch interview with Alan Jones – National – www.smh.com.au.

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