Murdoch and the Big Lie | openDemocracy
have compiled for my own benefit a note of all the big policy matters affecting the media that arose in my time as Prime Minister. That note also demonstrates in detail the strange coincidence of how News International and the then Conservative Opposition came to share almost exactly the same media policy. It was so close that it was often expressed in almost exactly the same words. On the future of the licence fee, on BBC online, on the right of the public to see free of charge the maximum possible number of national sporting events, on the future of the BBC’s commercial arm, and on the integrity of Ofcom, we stood up for what we believed to be the public interest, but that was made difficult when the Opposition invariably reclassified the public interest as the News International interest. It is for the commission of inquiry to examine not just the promises of the then Opposition, but the many early decisions of this Government on these matters.
If the Leveson Inquiry wants to be remembered it will need to adjudicate on this “strange coincidence” and test the claim of “almost exactly the same words”.
With, it seems, over a hundred meetings between Cameron and Osborne and Rupert and James and the networks of those close to them, no person of sound judgment could conclude anything other than that there was indeed a grand collaboration worked out before the election by the Murdochs and Cameron and Osborne and then implemented after it: putting the British state at the service of one of the world’s largest media conglomerates.